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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  • August 9, 2017
    Beautiful Visual site, but without many other attractions. Can meet in a few minutes. It is worth passing.
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  • July 18, 2017
    The fortress is located on the Marina, close to the shopping street and the pedestrian zone. Unfortunately, it has great views over the sea and the harbour. Otherwise, the fortress is not really a fortress!
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  • July 13, 2017
    We were there on 14 June 2017, what a disappointing fort, very small with a few cannons and only to visit outside, then you're ready in half an hour.
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  • January 3, 2017
    Great venue for events. Good repurposing of an old structure.
  • August 5, 2016
    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.
  • April 9, 2016
    It's really cool place for outdoor concerts, small exhibitions, and formal dinner parties
  • July 14, 2016
    Nice view, and an interesting place to see
  • August 18, 2016
    Great historical significanse

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