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Rozafa Castle, Shkoder

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Soak in history along with views of Lake Shkodra and the city of Shkoder at Rozafa Castle. The castle dates back to antiquity, founded by the Illyrians, conquered by the Romans in 167 BC, and rebuilt by both the Venetians and the Turks. Legend has it that when the castle was being built, an old man advised three brothers to sacrifice someone so that the walls would stand. The brothers decided to sacrifice whichever of their wives brought them lunch the next day and agreed not to tell their wives of the plan. However, the two older brothers informed their wives that evening, while the youngest brother did not. Thus, when the youngest brother's wife, Rozafa, brought him lunch the next day, she was chosen for sacrifice. Keep an eye out for the sculpture of Rozafa near the castle museum's entrance. You can reach the castle via town bus, taxi, or bicycle, which numerous hotels offer for rent. Plan to see Rozafa Castle and other attractions that appeal to you using our Shkoder trip builder.
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  • It is located in high poit view to show all shkoder city it located between 2 rivers in shkoder and also located on shkoder lake. Nice to see the sunset from this point. 
    It is located in high poit view to show all shkoder city it located between 2 rivers in shkoder and also located on shkoder lake. Nice to see the sunset from this point.  more »
  • Certainly it is the most attractive historic sight of northern Albania. Not only is the castle shrouded in mysteries and legends but also it offers spectacular views. 
    Certainly it is the most attractive historic sight of northern Albania. Not only is the castle shrouded in mysteries and legends but also it offers spectacular views.  more »
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  • Fascinating place, more extensive than expected. Much of the walls structure in very good condition. Absolutely superb views in all directions. Cobbled 'streets' and paths certainly add to the overall character, but can be very slippery when wet, especially so on sloped section. 400 Lek per person entry fee, with concessions for family groups and students.
  • A lot of beautiful fortification, a lot of history in one place. One star goes because of the employee at the entrance who stole us for tickets, charged us 3.5e per person and issued us tickets for 1e per person, we of course did not immediately notice only when we went out, it is sad that people who steal tourists work in such a beautiful place and therefore inflict a bad image on their city and country

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