Castle of Tepelenë
Castle in Tepelenë
The Castle of Tepelenë is situated on the North side of the city of Tepelene and houses a number of residential buildings inside it.
The Byzantines first built a defensive tower in the town, which then was further developed during the Ottoman Period in the 15th century.
In the early 19th century Ali Pasha supervised the first stages of additional construction. Until 1820 it used to function as the second residence of Ali Pasha Tepelena.
The existing castle was rebuilt from him in 1819 with a surface of 4-5 ha, with three entrances and three towers.
The walls of the castle are built taking advantage of the natural shape of the ground and therefore do not conform to the regular geometrical castle shape.
The Castle has three gates, with the eastern one bearing the inscription “The gate of Vezir”.