Gråborg is the largest ancient castle in Öland. It was built probably in the 6th century and enlarged through Middle Ages. According old tax reports dating back to the year 1450, Gråborg was owned by Vadstena abbey and functioned as a some kind of trade center. It was used for defence against Danish even in 1677. According to legend Gråborg was strongly associated with king Burislev Sverkersson who had grown up there with his half-sister Sofia of Minsk.

Gråborg Castle consisted of a circular wall, about 4-7 meter tall. There were three entrances and one of them was vaulted in the Middle Ages. Archaeological excavations have revealed lot of findings, which are stored today in Kalmar Museum.

There are medieval ruins of the chapel of St. Knut on the north side of castle.

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Founded: 500 AD
Category: Castles and fortifications in Sweden
Historical period: Migration Period (Sweden)

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Wilhelmiina Saikkonen (2 years ago)
Well worth the visit, really beautiful!
Thomas Brock (2 years ago)
Good place. A good place here. Always like it. You have many things to watch. Good place too for stuff you want to do! And you can watch the place actually in a great view. I liked it a lot. Can say nothing more than, that you will have here a great time to spend!
Keld Mortensen (2 years ago)
Lovely butterflies and orchids
Rafał Będźkowski (2 years ago)
Peace, quiet, marvelous ruins teeming with sheep.
Le Feu aux poudres (3 years ago)
Nice fortress with huge walls. Not so much to see inside. Landscape is cool.
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