Contest #799: Ali Pasha’s Castle near Ksamil, Albania

This week we took the game to Albania for the first time in 799 contests.

The location is known as Ali Pasha’s Castle. Built under Venetian dominion in the late 15th or early 16th century, it provided a stronghold for the Venetians on Corfu to exploit fishing, grazing, olives and timber in and around Butrint. The castle was the centrepiece of numerous conflicts with the burgeoning Ottoman Empire, and changed hands on several occasions. It was destroyed by a retreating French army in 1798 to prevent it falling into the hands of Ali Pasha.

Ali Pasha seized control of the structure around 1804 and carried out a series of defensive improvements including the installation of gun batteries. He used this as his second residence until 1820.

Found before the hint:

  • Martin de Bock
  • Paul Voestermans
  • Graham Hedley
  • hhgygy
  • Andy McConnell
  • Garfield
  • Eloy Cano
  • Phil Ower
  • Lighthouse
  • zorro the fox

After the hint

  • Andreas Meister