In addition to the beautiful view, Lezha Castle has great cultural and historical significance

Built over the ruins of the Acropolis of the ancient city of Lissus, the medieval castle of Lezha (alb. Lezhe), sits 186 meters above the city and the river Drin and besides its history, possesses one of the most incredible views of Stomi i Madh and Adriatic Sea.

 

Due to its geographical position, it is evident that the area has been inhabited since the first millennium BC, even though the first records of the walls date back to the 3rd and 4th centuries BC from the period of the Roman Empire.

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View from Lezha Castle, Photo: Adria.fun

 

Spreading across 2 hectares, located near Shengjin, Lezha Castle consists of fortified walls, three entrances, and six defensive towers with lookout windows and holes for cannons.

 

Lezha Castle, Photo: Adria.fun

 

Within the walls, besides a huge courtyard, you will find a mosque, three cisterns, a gallery, a church, blocks /stones where iron was shaped, a cemetery, and a palace.

 

 

Throughout the history of this intriguing castle, many have left their traces. From the Byzantine Empire in the 8th and 9th centuries, the Dukagjin family, Venetians, and Ottomans, which was later reconstructed again in 1521. by Sultan Sulyman I.

The castle was abandoned in the 1700s due to a big earthquake, leaving garrison soldiers until 1913.

 

Mosque built by Sultan Suleyman I, Lezha Castle, Photo: Adria.fun

 

Today, Lezha castle ruins stand still as a reminder of its great cultural and historical significance.

To visit the castle, you will have to pay a small fee of 300 leks (3 euros) for adults, 90 leks (0.9 cents) for those between 12-18 years old, and 200 leks (2 euros) for groups. Entrance for children is free and you can visit it from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. every day.

 

Lezha Castle, Photo: Adria.fun

 

Visiting such a large and magical castle was fantastic, so we believe it will be for you too!

 

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