King Zugo’s palace
King Zugo’s palace Durres Reviews
King Zugo’s palace Apr 09, 2009
If you walk a bit up the hill from the central part of Durres you will get to a big old building next to the road. It used to be the residence of the king of Albania. But he had to leave Albania when the Italians invaded during the Second World War. During the communist era the palace was used as part of a military base and it is still part of a military area today.
If you want to visit you will need to get past a gate with lots of barbwire all over it. You might have to pay a bribe to get in (or more likely to get out) through the gate. I did not pay but was asked for 10€ when I left.
The palace itself is in hopeless disrepair hence you will have to imagine how the place looked during its glory days before the war. What you can definitely still see is the impressive views there is from the balconies in the palace.
The authorities don’t seem to do anything to do anything to preserve or restore the palace. But there are rumors the palace might be turned into a casino by some local investors. Considering the number of casinos in Eastern Europe it seems like a possible option - which will forever change the way you can see the palace.
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