Hammersta Castle Ruins

Nynäshamn, Sweden

Hammersta castle was a 13x18m wide two-storey stone building built around the year 1300 by Eringilse Nilsson, who's father was married to a sister of Bridget of Sweden. Eringilse's son (with the same name), was married to a Danish woman, Brita Olofsdotter Tott, and when the situation between Sweden and Denmark became tense around 1450, Tott was sentenced to death for spying for the Danes. Luckily for Brita she was pardoned and later paid for the famous fresco paintings that you can now see at the Ösmo Church.

The castle was abandoned in the 15th century. Between 1628 and 1767 the estate was owned by Horn, Kruus and Wrede families. The new manor house building was started in 1685 and completed in 1723.

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Founded: c. 1300
Category: Ruins in Sweden
Historical period: Consolidation (Sweden)

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