Tepelenë is the hometown of the barbarous yet refined Ottoman Albanian ruler, Ali Pashë Tepelena.

Kalaja e Ali Pashës

Kalaja e Ali Pashës [Ali Pasha’s Castle] was established when the Byzantines built a defensive tower up on the hill on the left bank of Viosa River. The site was successively developed during the Ottoman occupation, most notably by the capricious ruler Ali Pashë Tepelena in the early 19th century. Until 1820, it was the second residence of the pasha.