Skansen Lejonet, Gothenburg

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Historic Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Skansen Lejonet ("the Lion sconce") is a redoubt in Gothenburg, Sweden, built in 1687. Since 1822 it has served other purposes.

The fortress and the twin counterpart, Skansen Kronan, were built according to plans by Erik Dahlbergh as part of the defenses against possible Danish attack on Gothenburg from the south, and thus had a similar purpose as the Älvsborg fortress.

The fortress — originally built outside the city walls — is today centrally situated in the city of Gothenburg. It's run by a fraternal order, Götiska förbundet, and is used also as a rented local for wedding banquettes, conferences and private parties. The dining hall takes 90 guests.
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  • I would like to see beautiful lion. But NO lion here. Travels more then 40 minutes to see lion. But zero lion. 1 extra star for very round house.  more »
  • We walked up a steep hill to get to the top but was well worth the view of the city. We walked here from Haga. Very interesting.  more »
  • Unfortunately can't get up to it.... Roadworks have it blocked off
  • I didn’t get to go in because it was closed but I enjoyed it, anyways.
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