Classical Tour of Albania

Day 4 - Gjirokastra Castle


Dominating the town and now a Museum of Armaments


The castle stands on solid rock with the walls high above the road way.
 
Gjirokastra Castle

Inside the main gateway are a series of underground passageways.

Gjirokastra Castle

To the left, these house the gallery of artillery with examples of weapons either captured from or abandoned by German and Italian forces during the Second World War.

Gjirokastra Castle

Gjirokastra Castle

At the end is a small gallery containing a small Italian tank made by Fiat between 1941-3 as well as the Partisan Statue.

Gjirokastra Castle

A doorway leads out onto an open terrace with views back of the castle buildings.
 
Gjirokastra Castle

There are good views down onto Gjirokastra with the bazaar mosque and madrasah.

Gjirokastra Castle

At the far end of the terrace is the ‘spy plane’, a USA Lockheed T-33 shooting star, which the Communist regime claim was forced down on a spying mission. In fact the plane had developed technical problems and the pilot sought permission to land at Rinas Airport where the authorities confiscated the plane.

Gjirokastra Castle

Beyond the open terrace is a large flat area with the National Folk Festival stage. The festival is held every five years and features the best of Albania music, dance and costumes.
 
Gjirokastra Castle

Beyond, an archway leads to the Clock Tower, with more good views down onto the Drino Valley and mountains.
 
Gjirokastra Castle

Gjirokastra Castle

Gjirokastra Castle

Gjirokastra Castle

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