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“If you visit Albania, Gjirokastra is worth an hour or two.”
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Gjirokaster Castle
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Wonders of Albania: 3-Day Trip from Tirana
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Moss Norway
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“If you visit Albania, Gjirokastra is worth an hour or two.”
Reviewed 20 November 2013

The fortress is oldand have been used for different purposes during the years. Museum, prison etc. Not much to see, but there is a very good view over the city.

Visited October 2013
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“Imposing Site From the Valley”
Reviewed 6 October 2013

This imposing fortress looks exactly like a citadel should look like - stone walls and arches and very long corridors. There wasn't much to see other than cannons and tanks from WW II with an imposing Freedom Fighter statue inside. The outside grounds were more interesting with massive walls and good views from the terrace that looked down from the city. Very pretty at night.

Visited October 2013
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“WW2 Armaments Museum - highlights”
Reviewed 6 September 2013

The WW2 armaments museum inside the castle might feel a bit grim (the lighting isn't brilliant, and the floor's uneven), but there are some marvellous things. In particular

1. There's an amazing homemade-looking tank, so small that it's hard to see how more than one person ever got into it.

2. There's a room with some outstanding examples of Socialist Realist statues. The most striking one shows Socialist Albania (a tall, straight-backed, uncompromising-looking young woman) expelling Religion (a tiny, wizened, sly-looking old man carrying a book) and Monarchism (like Religion, but wearing a military cap and greatcoat) from the country. "Be gone", we can hear her saying, "and don't come back." Stirring stuff.

(The Socialist Realist statues are in a special room of their own. You may have to ask.)

3. It's not part of the museum, but the American spy plane sitting on the grass outside is a definite must-see. (Albania said it was a spy plane. Nato claimed it had accidentally gone off course.)

Every few years Gjirokastra castle hosts the Albanian National Folklore Festival. The next one is to be in September 2014, I think. If you want to go, ring the Tourist Office (+355 84267077)

Visited October 2012
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Vienna, Austria
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“The crown of the picturesque city of Gjirokastra”
Reviewed 18 August 2013

The interesting castle of Gjirokastra is one of the places you shouldn't miss on your trip to Albania. The view is truly spectacular, although the castle itself is also a true gem. It is in a very good condition, even during the 2nd world war, up to 2.000 people sought shelter in this eagles nest. The former prison, used also during Enver Hodjas period and the museum dedicated especially to this era are interesting to see and give you a good idea of the harshness of this period. You have an excellent sight over the old "konaks" in the city dating from the Ottoman period from the castle and can also see the house Enver Hodja was born from up there. Walking down from the castle through the old bazaar streets with lovely houses of the city is another very nice experience offering great views.

Visited August 2013
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Sverige
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“Fantastic view, interesting place but no sign in English”
Reviewed 18 July 2013

The museums in Albania sekdom have signs in English. Instead they have the system with locals showing you the castle/museum for in this case 200 lek per person. There is a smLl cafe inside for coffee or a beer. Qorth visiting.

Visited July 2013
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