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Petrela Castle, Petrele

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Petrelë Castle (Albanian: Kalaja e Petrelës) is a castle in Petrelë, central Albania. Its history dates back to Justinian I. Petrelë Castle is 329 metres (1,079 ft) above sea level.
The castle of Petrelë has a rich history, containing a tower which was built in the 6th century AD.

It is one of the tourist locations close to Tirana that attracts a great number of visitors. The Castle, the prominent wooden structure is a restaurant, is perched on a rocky hill, above the village with the same name. It has a triangular shape with two observation towers. Although it was first built in ancient times, the present building dates from the 15th century.

The Petrela Castle was part of the signaling and defense system of Krujë Castle. The castles signaled to each other by means of fires. During Skanderbeg’s fight against the Ottomans, the Petrela Castle used to be under the command of Mamica Kastrioti, Skanderbeg's sister. Today there is a restaurant inside the castle. The castle site has views of the Erzen valley, the hills, olive groves, and surrounding mountains.

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  • Amazing views. Long stoned path so best for good walkers. Restaurant on the top. We didnt order food. I wish there were bit more artefacts and more info about place. The one displayed on the bottom...  more »
  • This is PELA PETREDHA PETRA ALBA GURI BARTHE EMATHIA PERIA SHQI-PERIA ALEXANDER EMATHIA THE GREATS true castle. He was born right here ✅ Alexander the Great. The other Pela in Selaniki/Thesolanika...  more »
  • Wow what a beautiful place to visit. Blown away by the view. Cute restaurant with traditional food. We really enjoyed ourselves. Definitely recommend and will return again soon x
  • Great, fairly accessible landmark with a friendly and not too expensive bar/cafe with the best view in the area. It's bit of climb to get there but well worth it but for those not able to hike up steep grades for 20 minutes or so, caution is advised.

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