Basmo Fortress

Marker, Norway

Basmo fortress was constructed in the 1680s and was abandoned after 62 years of service in 1745. The first mention of this Norwegian fortress is in a letter from Field Marshal Wedel Jarlsberg to the King in 1683. Major General Johan Caspar von Cicignon developed the plans.

During the Great Northern War it was manned by up to 1,350 men. On the night of March 9, 1716, the pyres on the mountaintops announced Swedish King Charles XII and 1,000 men had crossed the border. Moving rapidly, he found the border poorly guarded and moved with cavalry to Høland parsonage. Norwegian troops stationed in the district were assembled by the Basmo commander, Colonel Kruse, who attacked the Swedes in a bloody battle. Charles XII barely escaped capture, but the tide was soon turned against the outnumbered Norwegians, and Kruse, badly wounded, was captured. The Swedes went on to occupy Christiania without resistance on March 21, 1716, but were ultimately repulsed. Basmo was also in the path of invading Swedish troops during Charles XII’s second unsuccessful invasion in 1718.



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Riksveg 123 100, Marker, Norway
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Founded: 1680s
Category: Castles and fortifications in Norway

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Özden Mine Dahl (13 months ago)
Historical, in the nature and have a good view. Not so much exciting but if it it is in your way, worthy to stop and use half an hour to enjoy.
Jarle Ø Ørsleie (14 months ago)
Arve Qvist Nordhagen (2 years ago)
A lovely hidden little place. Drove past and saw it randomly.
Dag Ermesjø (2 years ago)
Restored significantly in 25 years. Deserve more visits and better information. Great view in nice weather.
Halvor Jakobsen (3 years ago)
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