Fårösund Fortress

Fårösund, Sweden

Fårösund is a decommissioned fortress, built from 1885 to 1886. Sweden's capacity to protect its neutrality was questioned after the Crimean War 1854–56. England and France persuaded Sweden to fortify the inlet at Fårö with artillery batteries and naval mines. The fortress consisted of three fixed batteries. At the turn of the century, the batteries were reconstructed. The batteries I and II were given modern quick-firing 57 mm guns, four per battery. In 1919 the fortress was closed down and all equipment removed. After the fortress was closed down and was taken over by the Swedish Prison and Probation Service in 1919, a penitential center was establishment. The fortress had been proposed as a detention center for social dangerous offenders, if and when legislation for such came about.

Today the fortress is a hotel and restaurant.



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Fårösund, Sweden
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Founded: 1885-1886
Category: Castles and fortifications in Sweden
Historical period: Union with Norway and Modernization (Sweden)


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User Reviews

Nils Ygge (14 months ago)
Fantastic location and great service. Rooms are a bit weirdly laid out so you have to close the blinds so that people cannot see into your room from the corridor. Only one option for dinner and breakfast but it was ok
Sergey Evstifeev (14 months ago)
Fantastic place! The staff was really kind and attentive!
Carl Nordenfelt (2 years ago)
The rating is given for the place a couple of kilometers north of here with the same name. In this geographical location there is nothing but rocks and trees.
Per-erik Eriksson (2 years ago)
Trodde att man kunde gå runt och kika men inget att se.
Lina Custic (3 years ago)
En vällagad vackert serverad middag i en underbar miljö.
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