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Gjirokaster, Gjirokaster
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Discover the relics of Albania's history and culture through the centuries at . Overlooking an important traveling route along the river, the fortress has taken a prominent position in the city's history since the 12th century. The buildings inside date from different time periods and have various functions, such as churches and storage spaces. Take your time walking around, noting the clock tower, cistern, towers, houses, Gjirokastër Museum, and an open courtyard that hosts an annual folk culture festival. Ask for an audio guide to lead you through the castle and give you insight into its past. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Gjirokaster and many more Gjirokaster attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Gjirokaster tour planner.
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  • You cannot visit Gjirokaster without paying a visit to the Castle. An important part of the history and contains interesting museums. On top, you will be rewarded with a marvellous view of the surroun...  more »
  • A very imposing castle situated at a height of 300+m above the town it offers fabulous views of the surrounding area. Inside the fortress can be found some interesting relics of the communist resistan...  more »
  • ... the name perhaps derives from the color of the stone with which it is built. It is located in a dominant position from which one can see the rooftops of the city, cut from the same stone, and the River Valley. Well worth a visit, even if it could be kept better.
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  • The castle overlooks the entire city. It offers very good view of the old bazaar. The castle is large, the majority is preserved. There are several museums. Under the castle itself is a bunker of Enver Hoxha, designed to hide the whole government in the event of war.
  • It is missing a restauration, however it still an amazing place with a nice panorama.
  • You'd love it here. A great view of the city form the castle and of the valley beneath. The castle is well preserved and has a lot to show. I'm not telling you more, because you have to visit and enjoy for yourself.
  • Gjirokastra Castle is one of the biggest fortresses in Balkans, there is an evidence of a 7th century BC Iron Age Settlement and a series of 5th - 6th century AD walls suggesting reoccupation after the decline of Roman Empire... Just a great place to visit at any time.
  • Worth the climb up to the mountain as well as the cheap 200 lek entrance fee. I would recommend a free walk in the complex... But guides are available for tours too. Also the arms museum is another cheap 200 lek entrance fee worth: experience the prison as it was until 1968... Also: a new wing of the museum has a very well documented exposition about Albanian history