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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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  • This castle was enjoyable to visit. We learned quite a bit. The museum is well worth going into as there isn't must to read and learn while walking the outdoor area. Bring good walking shoes as... 
    This castle was enjoyable to visit. We learned quite a bit. The museum is well worth going into as there isn't must to read and learn while walking the outdoor area. Bring good walking shoes as...  more »
  • This castle was built during Antiquity. Despite enduring the Roman and Ottoman empires it has remained intact up to the present day. Rozafa Castle has witnessed so much over the course Albania’s... 
    This castle was built during Antiquity. Despite enduring the Roman and Ottoman empires it has remained intact up to the present day. Rozafa Castle has witnessed so much over the course Albania’s...  more »
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  • This castle lies on top of a small mountain and grants spectacular views. Entry fee is reasonable and it's very easy to reach. I just missed a guide who could tell more about the history, or some pictures of how it used to be. Now it's just some impressive old rocks you wander about while having nice views
  • This castle is a beautiful monument where you can appreciate unique panorama views from the city, the lake and the river. There are barely restricted areas so you feel free to discover the castle by yourself. It would help if there were more signs describing the history tho. If you come during the day don't forget to bring water, comfortable shoes and maybe some snacks (always take your trash with you) and cash to pay the entrance. Highly recommended to come here and spend some time

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