Lëkurësi Castle

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Lëkurësi Castle

Lëkurësi Castle (Albanian: Kalaja e Lëkurësit) is a ruined castle in Lëkurës, southern Albania. The castle is on a strategic hill point overlooking the town of Saranda, southeast of the town centre. From here one can control the whole town as well as the islands of Ksamil.[1]


The castle of Lëkurës was built in 1537 by Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent who had attacked Corfu and needed to control the harbor of Saranda and the road that connected it with Butrint.

The region traditionally belonged to the southern part of the region of Himara. At the end of the 18th century the castle was attacked by Ali Pasha of Ioannina and the surrounding habitation raided.[2]

The castle used to withhold the old Lëkurës village. It has a square shape with two round towers on its north-western and south-eastern corners. To climb up to the castle, visitors need to leave the main road on Qafë Gjashtë and go up the town hill from the other side of the town.

Today tourist facilities are built next to the castle (restaurant etc.) in similar architectural style.[citation needed]


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  1. ^ Eastern Europe. Lonely Planet Publications. 2007. p. 66. Retrieved 9 March 2013. 
  2. ^ Pappas, Nicholas Charles (1982). Greeks in Russian Military Service in the Late Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries. Stanford University. p. 265. Ali's troops attacked and pillaged other habitations in southern Cheimarra, such as Loukovo, Lykouresi, Agios Vasileios, Pikerni and Borsi. 

Coordinates: 39°51′57″N 20°01′32″E / 39.8659°N 20.02567°E / 39.8659; 20.02567