Prezë Castle

Vorë, Albania

The Prezë Castle overlooks the village with the same name and is located on a hilltop. It is a small castle the construction of which started in the 14th century and was completed in the early 15th century and belonged to the Thopias, a local feudal family. During 1443-1468 it was one of the core strongholds of the Albanian resistance against the Ottomans led by Skanderbeg.

The castle has been declared a 'monument of culture'. It has four towers, one in each corner. The clock tower was erected around 1800–50. It is known for its beautiful location, overlooking the Tirana plain. The castle is quite close to the Mother Theresa International Airport. A restaurant named Restorant Kalaja E Prezës and other service facilities are found inside the castle.

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Prezë, Vorë, Albania
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Founded: 14th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Albania

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Juljan Myftari (7 months ago)
Very nice spot near Tirana. You got a beautiful view of the city from an unusual point of view.
dorina koritari (8 months ago)
Its a historical castel...huge and woderful view...
Thodoris K. (10 months ago)
Delicious food, great place near the nature and good prices!
Gentjan Pitarka (10 months ago)
It is historical place. Very good
Endrit Llenga (11 months ago)
Nice place for a picnic. There is a bar restaurant inside the castle to which is under the shades of the trees or you can choose to stay at the tower of the castle to enjoy the view. You can watch with binoculars the mountains at the Kruja side.
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