Castle of Gjirokastra
The castle is embodied in the city of Gjirokastra’s history and is first mentioned both as a city and a castle in 1336. However, many historians believe that the existence of the stone Castle dates earlier than that. The zenith of this castle’s history was during the Pasalik of Ionnina period, when Ali Pasa of Tepelena would build a series of new buildings and make other interventions, thus, giving the Castle of Gjirokastra the architectural and engineering features that it preserves to this day. Since 1968, the stony stage of the Castle of Gjirokastra generously welcomes folk instrumentalists, singers and dancers in the framework of the Gjirokastra National Folklore Festival. Similarly, during the past years, the Castle premises have served for the organization of concerts, shows and various cultural fairs. The stony Castle is one of the most attractive sights included in the travel guides for Albanian and foreign touristic groups who visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Gjirokastra.
Monday – Sunday 09.00 – 18.00
Tickets purchased at the point of sale
General admission ticket 200 ALL
Reduced ticket 100 ALL
Student ticket 60 ALL
Children 0-8 years old Free entry
Tickets purchased online
- General admission ticket 200 ALL
- Children 0-8 years old Free entry
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The visit lasts approximately 1 hour.
What to see:
Museum of Armaments,
Ottoman cannons square,
Cult building (Bektashi turbe),
“Pasha Kauri” entrance, etc.
The castle of Gjirokastra can be accessed with a vehicle up to the entrance, even by people with disabilities.
There are no audio guides.
Photography, related photography services, recordings, filming, video clips are allowed only upon permission by the Ministry of Culture.
There are restrooms within the castle’s premises.