Fortress of Justinian

Ruins in Tirana

Fortress Ff Justinian, Tirana
CC BY-SA 4.0 / Ardit Ajdini

Justinian’s Fortress, is also known simply as the Castle of Tirana. The fortress is where the main east-west and north-south roads crossed at one time, forming the city’s heart as it was then. The history of the castle dates back to before 1300. The walls are six metres high and a remnant of the Byzantine era. It is located not far from Skanderbeg Square, near the Parliament and the Academy of Sciences. The foundations of the recently exposed wall were incorporated into the pedestrianised Murat Toptani Street.

Since December 2018, the castle has been open to visitors although actually very little castle to see, however the interior of the castle’s has been converted into the “Old Bazaar”. This is a great  place where modern and tradition meet, the area has shops, serves as a traditional cooking culinary environment, but also as a cultural and arts area.

The Fortress of Justinian appears in our Complete Guide to Visiting Tirana!

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Visiting Fortress of Justinian


07:00 – 02:00

Address: Shëtitorja Murat Toptani, Tiranë, Albania
Duration: 1 hours

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