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Preza Castle

Local name: Kalaja e Prezës

The Preze Fortress rises above the village of Fuchse Preze between Tirana and Kruje. It is a small medieval castle with two square towers. At the beginning of the 21st century, it underwent a complete renovation. Currently, the rebuilt building houses a restaurant serving Albanian specialties. A nice view of the lowlands around Tirana opens from the castle.

Built in the 14th century by the local magnate Topis, the fortress was strategically located above the lowlands surrounding Tirana. In the mid-15th century it was a strong anti-Turkish resistance point under Skanderbeg. Until the 19th century it remained in Turkish hands, but it was not renovated. At the end of the 20th century, the ruin was rented to a private entrepreneur who performed the necessary renovation.

The fortress is small. It has an irregular shape and occupies the top of the hill. Behind the high walls is a grassy courtyard. There is a restaurant in a stone building rebuilt in its corner.


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    Prezë , Albania