Skanör Castle Ruins

Skanör, Sweden

The medieval castle at Skanör originates from the first half of the 13th century. It was built in 1220s by Danish for the king’s bailiffs collecting taxes from visitors of a popular fish market held Skanör. The castle was occupied by Germans (Hanseatic League) in 1312. After the near Falsterbohus castle was built, the Skanör castle lost its value. It was abandoned in the 15th century and demolished in the 18th century.

Today only ruins remain, to the north of Skanör church. Of the original buildings there are now only remnants of the main building at the top of the hill.

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Founded: 1220's
Category: Ruins in Sweden
Historical period: Consolidation (Sweden)

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