Petrelë Castle

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Petrelë Castle
Kalaja e Petrelës
Petrelë, Albania
The Petrela Castle
The Petrela Castle
View from Petrela, Albania.JPG
Erzen valley in Tirana County, viewed from Petrelë Castle
Type Castle
Site information
Open to
the public
Site history
Built 6th century AD
Built by Justinian I
In use 6th century AD - Unknown
Materials Stone & Concrete
Battles/wars Battles under Skanderbeg

Petrelë Castle (Albanian: Kalaja e Petrelës) is a castle in Petrelë, central Albania. Its history dates back to Justinian I. Petrelë Castle is situated at an altitude of 329 meters.[1]

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 back to the 15th century.

The Petrela Castle was part of the signaling and defense system of the Kruja 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 offers spectacular views of the Erzen valley, the hills, olive groves, and surrounding mountains.

The rock where petrele castle is located on


  1. ^ Petrelë Castle Altitude and Location
This article incorporates information from the equivalent article on the Albanian Wikipedia.

Coordinates: 41°15′18″N 19°51′14″E / 41.255°N 19.854°E / 41.255; 19.854