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Christiansholm Festning, Kristiansand

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Christiansholm Fortress was a Norwegian fortress built to defend the city of Kristiansand.BackgroundThe fortress was finished in 1672 and formed a part of King Christian IV's plan for defense of Kristiansand when the city was founded in 1641. The architect of the fortress was quartermaster general Willem Coucheron. It was built on an islet, about 100 yards from shore. Today the fortress is connected to the mainland.The only time the fortress has been in battle was against a British fleet force, led by HMS Spencer (1800) in 1807 during the Napoleonic Wars. One of the very few remaining larger warships under Danish-Norwegian command was the Ship of the line HDMS Prinds Christian Fredrik with 70 cannons that was in the eastern harbor of Kristiansand. Captain Stopford onboard HMS Spencer ordered to sail toward the city and announced in a letter that he wanted to take over the HDMS Prinds Christian Fredrik, and threatened to open fire on the city if the ship were not disclosed. When the ships approached, they were met by fierce resistance from Christiansholm Fortress. The attack was repulsed by massive gunfire and the British sailed instead to the abandoned Fredriksholm Fortress, which was blown up and destroyed.The fortress was decommissioned by royal decree during June 1872 as part of a major redevelopment of fortifications across the nation.
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  • It you get the chance to go inside the fortress, it's very cool - in fact in summertime it still holds the winter cold well preseved inside all through the summer, since the walls are so massive. It a...  more »
  • Christiansholm Fortress has the architecture of the king that founded Kristiansand, King Christian Fredrik 4. A "must do" when visiting Kristiansand. Old canons and a beautiful view over the city fjor...  more »
  • This fort was built in 1672 by King Christian IV to protect the town founded in 1641. It is located on what some call the Kristiansand Boardwalk. If you are on a cruise ship you can walk here in about...  more »
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  • Great venue for events. Good repurposing of an old structure.
  • Thinking this is an opportunity to see a historical sight. My wife, 3 children and I went to see Christianholm Fæstning. Only to be turned away at the gate being told it is private and used for private parties. Walter of time going here.
  • It's really cool place for outdoor concerts, small exhibitions, and formal dinner parties
  • Nice view, and an interesting place to see
  • Great historical significanse