Himara castle

It is impossible to become fully acquainted with the southern village of Himara without visiting the place where its memory is stored: the Himara Castle.

Beautifully surrounded by the Ceraunian Mountains in the north and the spectacular Ionian Sea in the south, the Himara Castle offers a rare journey into Albanian history and breathtaking nature.
In antiquity, the city was known by the name of Chimera. Its fortification began during the 8th century B.C. and, while it was restored various times, its most significant reconstruction occurred during the 6th century, A.D., under the rule of Justinian, emperor of the Byzantine Empire.

With the castle becoming the center of the Bishopric of Himara during the 8th century, many churches were built inside and outside of it. Some of them are still standing and definitely worth seeing! The most famous among them is the Episcopal Church (Kisha e Episkopisë), displaying a beautiful sculpture of the Albanian symbol of the two-headed eagle on one of its gates.