Posted by: danielfee | November 27, 2012

Travel Photo of the Day 11-27-2012

Akershus Fortress – Oslo, Norway

Akershus Fortress

Akershus Fortress

The Akershus Fortress complex is a park-like setting of sites scattered over Oslo’s fortified old city center.The complex includes the fortress, Akershus Castle, Norwegian Resistance Museum, Armed Forces Museum, and National Historical Museum. It has been used as a prison and is still currently used as a military base. The first construction on the castle started in the late 1290’s by King Haakon V. The fortress was first used in battle in 1308, when it was besieged by the Swedish. Located adjacent to the sea, it was strategically important for both commerce and naval power to Oslo and all of  Norway. Whoever ruled Akershus fortress ruled Norway. The fortress has never been successfully captured by a foreign enemy, although it was occupied in 1940 by the Nazis when the Norwegian government evacuated the capital. A portion of the fortress was replicated at the Norway pavilion at Epcot Center in Orlando, Florida.

 

 

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