Pogragja Castle (Gjilan)

Status

Type of Protection: Under termporarly protection Date of Protection: 2012

Type of Protection: Under termporarly protection Date of Protection: 01. 10. 2014

History

The Pogragja castle is located 10 km southeast of Gjilan, respectively 1km from village Pogragjë. It is positioned in the Llapushnica gorge, at 567 meters above sea level, on the foothills of which Morava e Binçes river flows. The castle has an interior area of 1.2 hectares and is typical for the Justinian era (6th century), respectively part of the network of fortresses raised in Dardania by the end of late antiquity. In fact, this is also proven by written documents and coins found during the castle conservation and exploration activities. The oldest coin found in the castle dates back to 246 - 249 and holds the portrait of Otacila Severa, the first wife of Philip. The layout of Pogragja castle's citadel has the shape of an irregular pentagon, whereas the southern wall of the central tower plays the role of citadel's protective wall, which is one of the characteristics of this castle. Pogragja castle possesses three protective walls, qualified as the first, second and third protective wall. One part of these walls is located above ground, whereas the rest is located underground. The first surrounding wall is 17 meters long and 4 meters high; the second wall is 27 meters long, and on the upper part holds vantage towards, the walls of which are up to ten meters high and which have symmetrical square dimensions of 8 by 8 meters. Also, part of the fortress are also smaller dimension towers, placed on its western, northern and southeastern parts, and occasionally continue to maintain 4 meters in height. Walls are constructed with cut and uncut stones, connected with mortar lime adhesive. During the works performed in 2007, an underground channel connecting the interior of the castle with river Morava was found. The castle is also home to the so-called "Milk Stone", which is popularly known as a healing stone. The Pogragja castle represents a monument of great historic, scientific and cultural significance.

References

Unique number: 000020

Name: Pogragja Castle

Class: Monument

Institution: RCCH - Gjilan

Location

Country: Kosovo

Municipality: Gjilan

City/Village: Gjilan (Pogragja)

Locality: Pogragjë-Ravine of Lapushnica (Gjilan)

Postal Code: 60000

Name of Street: Nuk ka emërtim të rrugës

Functional type and dating

Type:Arkeologjike - ENG

Period: Late Antiquity

Century: 6th

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