10 Informative Facts About Akershus Fortress

Facts About Akershus Fortress

  1. The castle has been used as a military base, a prison and is currently the temporary office of the Prime minister of Norway.
  2. The fortress was first used in battle in 1308, when it was besieged by the Swedish duke Eric of Södermanland.
  3. No foreign enemy had captured the Akershus Castle until 1940, when the fortress was surrendered without combat to Nazi Froces, and remained under the occupation of Nazi Germany until 11th of May 1945.
  4. The first fortress is believed to have been built by King Haakon the Fifth, around the turn of the 14th century, and was used as a defense against a Swedish earl who hosted an unsuccessful attack in 1308.
  5. Akershus Castle became an execution place for 8 Norwegian traitors found guilty for war crimes at the end of WWII.
  6. A portion of the fortress was replicated at the Norway pavilion at the Epcot theme park in Walt Disney World, Bay Lake, Florida, United States.
  7. Following the 1852 Laestadian Sámi revolt in Guovdageaidnu, all men except the two leaders Aslak Hætta and Mons Somby, ended up in Akershus Fortress & the women were imprisoned in Trondheim.
  8. Akershus Fortress is a medieval castle in the Norwegian capital Oslo that was built to protect and provide a royal residence for the city.
  9. The are three museums located in the Akershus Fortress: Norway’s Resistance Museum, Armed Forces Museum & The Prison Museum at Akershus Fortress.
  10. The building of Akershus Castle and Fortress commenced in the late 1290s under King Haakon V.

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