town set around - and within - the ruined citadel of Ali Pasha

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Tepelena was the site of the castle built by Ali Pasha – the Albanian warlord who pushed back against the Ottomans and at whose castle Lord Byron stayed on his journey through Albania. The castle is now in ruins with families living within the site, so it is hard – but romantic – to conjure the world of luxury and licentiousness Byron wrote of in his descriptions of Ali Pasha’s court in his epic poem, Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage. There are beautiful views from the town down the valley of the river Vjosa.

Categories: See & Do: Historical |
Tags: Hidden Gems |

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