Landskrona Citadell, Landskrona

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Landskrona Citadel is situated in Landskrona, Scania, southern Sweden. Its entirety including the very well-preserved moat system, the castle, park and old allotment areas, and central as well as sea-side location makes Landskrona Citadel unique.Of its original moat system, at its largest range, does both the fully around the castle surrounding moats remain. As well as the north-west and north-east parts of the most outer moat. To this comes an island which is totally surrounded by moats and around 250 meters of a moat that counted from the castle and outwards, must be considered as moat number three out of a total of four On the northern side of the caste, between the second, third and fourth moat does Sweden's oldest allotment-garden area resides. Several of its garden houses are attractions in themselves. Also the fortress castle itself hides both history as such as well as historical horrors, like the 16th Century dungeon in the old western tower, into which the unlucky prisoners were thrown down through a hatch. If surviving the 4-5 meter fall, there then was neither any daylight or any way out. Also the eastern tower has in later centuries served as a prison for lifetimers. And around 1900 until 1940 did a part of the fortress serve as a forced labour institution for vagrant womenHistoryInitially built by Christian III of Denmark 1549–1559 as a purely defensive fortification with two complete moats, the inner with a width of 70m. The outer (complete) moat is between 40and wide, and has cross fire bastions for artillery and guns. Outside the outer moat, a third narrower moat covers the northwest and northeast. There also exist remains of a fourth moat (between the two outer moats). The fortifications and moats system surrounding the castle is known to be one of Europe's largest and best preserved. In the area between the outer and far outer moat resides the oldest area of allotment-garden cottages of Sweden.
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  • We visited the castle to see a castle from the inside, and we faced disappointingly closed doors all around with no information. You can walk around the castle and see the inner garden, but honestly.....  more »
  • We were on one of the cruise ships. This place was nearby and I planned my morning runs to see it. It was a great place for a run; scenic, interesting structures, peaceful, and no one was around.  more »
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