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Siege of Krujë (1467)
Part of Ottoman wars in Europe
LocationKrujë, Albania
Result Albanian victory
Coa Kastrioti Family.svg League of Lezhë[citation needed] Flag of the Ottoman Empire (1453-1844).svg Ottoman Empire
Commanders and leaders
Skanderbeg Flag of the Ottoman Empire (1453-1844).svg Mehmed II
Flag of the Ottoman Empire (1453-1844).svg Mahmud Angelović

The Third Siege of Krujë by the Ottoman Empire occurred in 1467 at Krujë in Albania.

The destruction of Ballaban Pasha's army and the siege of Elbasan during the previous siege of Krujë forced Mehmed II to re-attack Skanderbeg in the summer of 1467, only 2 months after the latter's victory at the 2nd Siege of Krujë. This time Skanderbeg didn't retreat immediately to the mountains, but decided for the first time to front the great Ottoman army at Burshek, on the Shkumbin river's valley in order to give time for the civil population to retreat in the mountains. The battle was carried in such a way as to not result with winners or defeated; Skanderbeg then retreated while Ottoman grand vizier Mahmud Pasha Angelović pursued him but Skanderbeg succeeded in fleeing to the coast and then to the mountains.[1] Meanwhile Mehmed II sent detachments to raid the Venetian possessions (especially Durrës which was also put under siege and bombarded for a short period) and to keep them isolated. He besieged Krujë for several days but when he realized that he could not take it by assault, he lifted the siege. Although Ottomans did not capture Krujë, they managed to plunder areas around Durres and Scutari.[2]

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  1. Stavrides 2001, pp. 163, 164

    . Mehmed II sent Mahmud Pasha, together with the most experienced part of the army, to pursue Skanderbeg, while he himself ravaged the rest of the land ... The Grand Vezir spent fifteen days in the mountains, but couldn't find Skanderbeg

  2. Stavrides 2001, p. 163

    ...taking much booty and many prisoners...


Coordinates: 41°31′N 19°48′E / 41.517°N 19.8°E / 41.517; 19.8

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