The Kalaja Fortress of Tirana, also referred to as Fortress of Justinian, once an administrative residence in ancient times, stands now as testimony to the past grandeur of Tirana. It is located in the very heart of Tirana and can be considered the very centre of Albia itself. The fortress was strategically positioned at the crossroads of the main roads connecting the east with the west and the north to the south of Tirana.
The Kalaja Fortress of Tirana has a long history, originating from the year of 1300, and it is a vestige from the Byzantine-era. It has undergone multiple changes in its structure throughout centuries, alike the tumultuous history that Albania had. Now, the fortress is partially damaged, as its walls collapsed. Now, the left wing wall is intact, 6-metre in height and is covered with ivy. However, although damaged, The Kalaja Fortress remains to be one of the greatest cultural and historical monuments in Tirana.
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