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Christiansholm Festning, Kristiansand

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Historic Site
Christiansholm Fortress was a Norwegian fortress built to defend the city of Kristiansand.The 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 an English fleet force, led by HMS Spencer in 1807 during the Napoleonic Wars. It was decommissioned by royal decree during June 1872 as part of a major redevelopment of fortifications across the nation.Today, Christiansholm is a tourist attraction by the Kristiansand Boardwalk and venue for a variety of cultural events and festivities. It is now owned by the municipality and is a site used principally for recreation.SourcesHolte, Leiv Christiansholm og Retranchementet (Kristiansand kommune. 1941)
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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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  • 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
  • Good for an evening walk
  • Nice view, and an interesting place to see
  • Great historical significanse