In the Roman times the city of Peqin was known by the name of Clodiana, an Illyrian-inhabited territory. The foundations of the castle are thought to date from the Roman period, the time of the construction of the Via Egnatia. Its walls at one point had a height of around 12 metres. The castle was later rebuilt and expanded during the Turkish occupation of Albania, at which time it was passed into the control of the Sipahi (lord) of the local fief, who added a palace and a harem. The last resident of the castle was Demir Pasha.

The castle was equipped with subterranean tunnels which served as exits several km away from the city in difficult times. Similarly, clay pipes have been found in the walls of the castle, which archaeologists believe is an indication that water was supplied from outside the castle during wartime.


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Founded: 16th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Albania

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Ramil Ziyadov (6 months ago)
new time meets old time.
Ismet Ballazhi (8 months ago)
Old fortress in the center of small city of Peqin, in Albania. Need investments to be maintained.
A.M.D. 32 (12 months ago)
A very interesting place. One of the towers though small shows an interesting building style.
Greca Rozeta (3 years ago)
Miriam Vescovi (3 years ago)
Too neglected .. could be used for many activities or for tourism
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