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Ulcinj Castle, Montenegro

Ulcinj Castle, Montenegro
Стари Град

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Demetrius Chryssikos
Demetrius Chryssikos
Kalaja or Ulcinj Castle (Montenegrin: Kaljaja , Cyrillic: Калjаја, Albanian: Kalaja e Ulqinit or Kalaja), also known as Ulcinj Old Town (Montenegrin: Stari Grad, Cyrillic: Стари Град, Albanian: Qyteti i Vejetër) is an ancient castle and neighborhood in Ulcinj, Montenegro.
Mostly inhabited by Albanians, it was built by the Illyrians on a small peninsula at the right side of the Rana Gulf , which is part of the Adriatic Sea. Today, only the Cyclopean Wall remains.
The castle has been restored many times since it was first built. Major changes were made by the Byzantinians, Venetians, and Ottomans. The modern city of Ulcinj was built outside of this castle.
The Old Town in Ulcinj is one of the oldest urban architectural complexes on the Adriatic Sea. The castle, which some believe resembles a stranded ship, and the surrounding neighborhoods have flourished for about 25 centuries. Various civilizations succeeded each other and traces of their existence still remain. The Old Town represents a cultural and historical monument of invaluable significance because of its Illyrian walls, its citadel, the network of streets, the markets and town squares and some valuable architectural edifices. It was built 2,500 years ago under economic, military and cultural conditions quite different from those of today. The old town has picturesque narrow and curved streets typical of the Middle Ages, densely packed two- and three-story stone houses decorated with elements of the Renaissance and Baroque, and finally a series of valuable edifices from the Ottoman time. The oldest remnants of the walls date back to the Illyrian period. In the 6th century, the town had two gates: the lower (Eastern), which can be reached from the sea-side and the upper (Western), which can be reached from land. It was founded in 1809.
22 months ago.
Christel Ehretsmann
Christel Ehretsmann
an exceptional point of view !
21 months ago.
Demetrius Chryssikos has replied to Christel Ehretsmann
THX Christel !!
21 months ago.