Gjirokastër Castle is a fortress in Gjirokaster, Southern Albania. The castle dominates the town and overlooks the strategically important route along the river valley. It contains a military museum featuring captured artillery and memorabilia of the Communist resistance against German occupation, as well the remains of a United States Air Force T33 Shooting Star plane to commemorate the Communist regime’s struggle against the „imperialist“ western powers. The airplane was forced to land at Rinas Airport, near Tirana in December 1957 due to technical problems.
2015 Gjirokastra was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.