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Petrelë Castle

 Petrelë Castle

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Description of Petrelë Castle

Location: Petrela
Built: 5th century AD Byzantine Emperor Justinianim I

 

Petrelë Castle is located on top of the mountain overlooking Erzen valley in Tirana County. It was constructed as guard post in the fifth century by Byzantine Emperor Justinian I. By that time, almost the entire Western Roman Empire was captured and divided among various tribes of barbarians. However, the Eastern or Byzantine Empire, while maintaining independence, did not give up hope to restore the former greatness of the Roman Empire. Petrelë Castle belonged to a series of castles built by Byzantines to protect their possessions from attacks from the West and at the same time prepare for the invasion of the Apennine Peninsula. This fortress also served as an advanced signaling center for warning the Kruje Castle of a potential invasion. Today the fortress is open to tourists. There is a restaurant within its medieval walls.

 

 

 

 

 


 

Transportation

 

 

Hotels, motels and where to sleep

 

 

Restaurant, taverns and where to eat

 

 

Cultural (and not so cultural) events

 

 

Interesting information and useful tips