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Karlsborg Fortress

Karlsborg Fortress

 

 

 

Location: Karlsborg, Västergötland  Map

Constructed: 1819

 

 

 

Description of Karlsborg Fortress

Karlsborg Fortress is an old citadel in Karlsborg, Västergötland of Sweden. It was constructed in 1819 as a huge military fortification capable in case of emergency to house members of the royal court, government and even treasury of Sweden. Its construction became necessary after the Finnish war and the Napoleonic wars. Swedish government was threatened by European empires as well as the Russian Empire that managed to capture large expanses of land along the Baltics and even an entire Finland. In theory Karlsborg Castle played a central role in the defenses of the country against possible intrusions. It is one of the largest fortresses in Europe, covering 100 hectares. It was the garrison of 6,000 soldiers and 8,000 to 10,000 additional people. It is classified as Historical monument since 1935.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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