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The Castle of Gjirokastra, also known as the Gjirokastra Fortress, is a monumental structure perched on a hill overlooking the city of Gjirokastra in southern Albania. Built in the 12th century, the castle has been occupied by various ruling powers over the centuries, including the Ottoman Empire and the communist regime. The castle is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, recognized for its cultural and historical significance.

Visitors to the castle can explore the extensive grounds, which include a network of cobbled streets, houses, and military buildings. The castle is famous for its imposing watchtowers, including the 25-meter-high clock tower, which offers breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside. Within the castle walls, visitors can also discover the Museum of Weapons, which houses an impressive collection of arms and armor from the Ottoman era to the 20th century.

One of the most striking features of the castle is the unique blend of architectural styles, reflecting the diverse influences of the many civilizations that have occupied it over the centuries. Visitors can see examples of Byzantine, Ottoman, and Venetian architectural elements, among others. The castle is also home to several historic sites, including the 13th-century Church of Saint Nicholas and the Ottoman-era Hammam of Ali Pasha.

Visiting the Castle of Gjirokastra is an unforgettable experience that offers a glimpse into Albania's rich history and architectural heritage.


Entrance Fee

Individual Ticket : 400 ALL

Grup Ticket : 300 ALL

Students and other categories : 120 ALL

*Discounts for students and other categories are available only to residents of Albania.

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