Castle of Rodon

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Rodoni Castle
Kalaja e Rodonit
Cape of Rodon, Durrës, Albania
Kepi i Rodonit – Festung.jpg
Site information
Owner Albania
Site history
Battles/warsFirst Siege of Krujë, League of Lezhë, Siege of Krujë

The Rodoni Castle or Skanderbeg Castle (Albanian: Kalaja e Rodonit; Kalaja e Skënderbeut) is a castle in Albania. Rodoni Castle is at an elevation of 1 metre (3 ft).[1]


Rodoni Castle is on the Cape of Rodon. After the victorious First Siege of Krujë the League of Lezhë decided to increase the fortifications for use against the Ottoman Empire. Skanderbeg chose the cape of Rodon as the location of the castle and construction began in 1450. The walls of the castle that was completed in approximately 1452 had a length of 400 metres (1,300 ft).[2] When the Siege of Krujë started in 1466 Skanderbeg retreated to Rodoni Castle from where he and his family, together with many people from Albania, were transported to Brindisi in 14 ships.[3] According to Marin Barleti this castle was destroyed by Ottoman forces in 1467.[4]

In 1500 the castle was rebuilt by the Republic of Venice. As a result of the corrosive action of the sea waves, some of the walls are now under the waters of the Adriatic. Today the visitors can see the outer walls on the right side and the tower at the place they intersect.[4]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Rodoni Castle Altitude and Location
  2. ^ "Rodon Castle". Agjencia Kombetare e Turizmit. Archived from the original on 25 July 2011. Retrieved 7 November 2010.
  3. ^ Iz istorije Albanaca: zbornik predavanja : priručnik za nastavnike. Zabod za izdavanje udžbenika Socijalističke Republike Srbije. 1969. p. 42. Retrieved 19 June 2013. Велика турска војска, коју је водио сам султан, провалила је 1466. године у Албанију и заузела готово чи- таву земљу. Скендербег се са имовином и породицом скло- нио на Родонски рт, чекајући да се пребаци у Италију. Тада је 14 бродова пуних Албанаца стигло у Бриндизи.
  4. ^ a b Tauleda. "Kalaja e Skenderbeut, Kepi i Rodonit". Retrieved 7 November 2010.

Coordinates: 41°35′09″N 19°26′54″E / 41.5858°N 19.4482°E / 41.5858; 19.4482