Rozafa Castle

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Rozafa Castle
Shkodër, in northwestern Albania
Rozafa castle
Rozafa Castle is located in Albania
Rozafa Castle
Rozafa Castle
Coordinates 42°02′47″N 19°29′37″E / 42.0465°N 19.4935°E / 42.0465; 19.4935
Site information
Controlled by Illyrian tribes
Vexilloid of the Roman Empire.svg Roman Empire
 Byzantine Empire
Serbian Grand Principality
 Kingdom of Serbia
 Serbian Empire
Balsic small COA.svg Zeta
 Republic of Venice
 Ottoman Empire
 Kingdom of Montenegro
Great Powers
Open to
the public
Site history
Materials Limestone, brick

Rozafa castle (Albanian: Kalaja e Rozafës) is a castle near the city of Shkodër, in northwestern Albania. It rises imposingly on a rocky hill, 130 metres above sea level, surrounded by the Bojana and Drin rivers. Shkodër is the capital of the Shkodër County, and is one of Albania's oldest and most historic towns, as well as an important cultural and economic centre.


Due to its strategic location, the hill has been settled since antiquity. It was an Illyrian stronghold until it was captured by the Romans in 167 BC.[1] The 19th-century German author and explorer Johann Georg von Hahn suggested that the ancient and medieval city of Shkodër was located immediately south of the Rozafa hill, between the hill and the confluence of Buna and Drin. The fortifications, as they have been preserved to date, are mostly of Venetian origin.[2] The castle has been the site of several famous sieges, including the siege of Shkodra by the Ottomans in 1478 and the siege of Shkodra by the Montenegrins in 1912. The castle and its surroundings form an Archaeological Park of Albania.[3]

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  1. ^ A. Evans et al., Ancient Illyria: An Archaeological Exploration, 2006, p 83
  2. ^ J.G. von Hahn, Albanesische Studien, Jena 1854, pp 94-96.
  3. ^ Jürgen (2002-09-30). Albanian identities: myth and history. Indiana University Press. ISBN 978-0-253-34189-1. Retrieved 23 September 2010.