Rozafa castle

Located 3.5 km south of Shkodër. With spectacular views over the city and Lake Shkodër, the Rozafa Fortress is the most impressive sight in town. Founded by the Illyrians. The castle takes its name from a woman who was walled into the ramparts as an offering to the gods so that the construction would stand. The castle has three major courtyards. At first the fortified 15th-century main entrance, then the courtyard, where the 4th-century tract of the Illyrian wall, the oldest structure in the castle grounds, is found. Along the first courtyard, there are the medieval ruins of cisterns, the towers of the Balshaj, and the former Venetian residences. In the second courtyard are the ruins of the church of Saint Stephen, which today is a mosque.