A medieval quadrangular fortress located near the flow of the Shkumbin River in the Adriatic Sea in central Albania. It is part of the indicative list of Albania in order to be included on the list of the UNESCO World Heritage site.
The fortress is built on fertile flat land east of the mouth of the Shkumbin River. The ruins are located approximately 2 kilometers (1.2 mi) from the village of Vilë-Bashtovë in County Tirana.
Previously, in the Middle Ages, the region of Bashtovë was known as a trading port and another center for the export of grain. The origin of the fortress has been a subject of controversy among historians for some time. The initial fortress was built when the region was part of the Venetian Empire. However, Alain Ducellier claimed that the Venetians built on an old existing structure, which dates back to the 6th century, when the region was under the Byzantine Empire during the Justinian dynasty.
The fortress is a rectangular structure oriented north-south. There are three entrances, from which there are still well-preserved archaeological traces, they were placed on the north, west and east walls. The walls are 9 meters (30 feet) high and include an interior of approximately 60 meters by 90 meters (200 feet by 300 feet). To the north and east, there are round towers each 12 meters high.