Top Historic Sights in Askersund, Sweden

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Sofia Magdalena Church

Sofia Magdalena Church was built in 1780 to replace the previous one destroyed by fire in 1776. The design was made by Carl Fredrik Adelcrantz and the construction was donated by several individuals in Stockholm and Gothenburg. The altarpiece was painted by J. Z. Blackstadius in 1868.
Founded: 1780 | Location: Askersund, Sweden

Askersund Country Church

The country church of Askersund was built between 1664-1670 to the site of medieval church, which was destroyed by fire in 1661. The present church is designed by Jean de la Vallée ja Eric Dahlbergh. The font originates from the Middle Ages and the Baroque-style pulpit was made in 1600s.
Founded: 1664-1670 | Location: Askersund, Sweden

Stjärnsund castle

The beautifully situated Stjärnsund Manor and estate lies on the point where Alsen joins Lake Vättern. The present building was built between 1798-1801. The interior furnishings, curtains, carpets, chandeliers and mirrors together form one of the best preserved interiors from the mid 19th centry in Sweden. The décor originates from Prince Gustav, "The Singing Prince". The manor of Strjänsund was est ...
Founded: 1798-1801 | Location: Askersund, Sweden

St. Bridget's Church

The church of Olshammar is named after Saint Bridget of Sweden (Birgitta), whose husband, Ulf Gudmarsson, owned Olshammar in the 1320s. Olshammar was then a major estate and brickworks. According to tradition, Birgitta built a chapel where today the church is situated. The church was built in 1620 by Eric Hand, a grandchild of king Erik XIV. The glass paintings in the form of coat of arms and manufactured in Riga, depict ...
Founded: 1620 | Location: Askersund, Sweden

Trehörning Blast Furnace

The blast furnace of Trehörning was built originally in 1636. In 1648 Louis De Geer acquired the site and affiliated it to Godegård Ironworks. The factory belonged to Godegård until 1888, when it was sold and ran down in 1889. The main restorations were made in 1932 and 1969. The original buildings are well-preserved.
Founded: 1636 | Location: Askersund, Sweden

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Beersel Castle

The moated castle at Beersel is one of the few exceptionally well-preserved examples of medieval fortifications in Belgium. It remains pretty much as it must have appeared in the 15th century. Remarkably, it was never converted into a fortified mansion. A visitor is able to experience at first-hand how it must have felt to live in a heavily fortified castle in the Middle Ages.

The castle was built in around 1420 as a means of defence on the outer reaches of Brussels. The tall, dense walls and towers were intended to hold any besiegers at bay. The moat and the marshy ground along its eastern, southern and western edges made any attack a formidable proposition. For that reason, any attackers would have chosen its weaker northern defences where the castle adjoins higher lying ground. But the castle was only taken and destroyed on one occasion in 1489, by the inhabitants of Brussels who were in rebellion against Maximilian of Austria.

After being stormed and plundered by the rebels it was partially rebuilt. The pointed roofs and stepped gables are features which have survived this period. The reconstruction explains why two periods can be identified in the fabric of the edifice, particularly on the outside.

The red Brabant sandstone surrounds of the embrasures, now more or less all bricked up, are characteristic of the 15th century. The other embrasures, edged with white sandstone, date from the end of the 15th century. They were intended for setting up the artillery fire. The merlons too are in white sandstone. The year 1617 can be clearly seen in the foundation support on the first tower. This refers to restorations carried out at the time by the Arenberg family.

Nowadays, the castle is dominated by three massive towers. The means of defence follow the classic pattern: a wide, deep moat surrounding the castle, a drawbridge, merlons on the towers, embrasures in the walls and in the towers, at more or less regular intervals, and machiolations. Circular, projecting towers ensured that attacks from the side could be thwarted. If the enemy were to penetrate the outer wall, each tower could be defended from embrasures facing onto the inner courtyard.

The second and third towers are flanked by watchtowers from which shots could be fired directly below. Between the second and third tower are two openings in the walkway on the wall. It is not clear what these were used for. Were these holes used for the disposing of rubbish, or escape routes. The windows on the exterior are narrow and low. All light entering comes from the interior. The few larger windows on the exterior date from a later period. It is most probable that the third tower - the highest - was used as a watchtower.