Olli Thomson

Albania – Petrela

Petrela Castle is on the outskirts of Tirana and stands on a rocky outcrop above the village of the same name. The current structure dates from the 15th century though there has been a fortress on the site since the 6th century. During the time of Skanderbeg’s resistance to the Ottomans the castle functioned as part of Kruja’s defence system and signals were sent between the two fortresses using fire. At that time Petrela was under the command of Mamica Kastrioti, Skanderbeg’s sister. The wooden structure surrounding the tower of the fortress is a nice little restaurant. These photographs were taken in January 2006.

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