Staverns Fortress

Larvik, Norway

The construction of Staverns Fort began in 1677 when Ulrik Frederick Gyldenløve built a blockhouse with battery and palisades on a hill as part of the overall development of Norwegian fortresses. The fort was first built on Karlsøy during the Gyldenløve War (1675–1679). Fredriksvern and Fredriksvern Verft was established as the headquarters for the Norwegian Fleet from 1750 until 1758 so that the older fortification became part of the naval base and called the Citadellet and the island Citadelløya.

The fortress was expanded in 1687 until 1689 to include three canon batteries and a blockhouse. The fortress served as an important base for Norwegian naval hero Tordenskiold and his fleet during the Great Northern War’s final Norwegian phase from 1709 until 1720 and as a central staging point for sea commerce from Denmark in this period. The fort was the home port for the Danish–Norwegian Kattegat squadron. And not least, it served as a major chandelling and forwarding center for canon from the Norwegian ironworks and other equipment.

In the 1800s, Fredriksvern lost its importance as a military base. The Citadellet also lost its military importance and went into decline. In the 1900s, the buildings were restored. Krutttårnet, the oldest constructed building, has a distinctive architecture and today is a well known tourist attraction.

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Stavern, Larvik, Norway
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Founded: 1677
Category: Castles and fortifications in Norway

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Lurifax (5 years ago)
Nice place to drive the boat to. nice space and several bathing possibilities. could have been several jetties for boat.
Stian Gran (5 years ago)
Very cozy place!
Rolf Wergeland (5 years ago)
Cozy place on the island here outside Stavern. Historically exciting.
MrPhotographs Leder (6 years ago)
Stavern er en flott plass, med trivelige innbyggere. Sjekk ut sjektekanalen! Trebåter med sjel og historie
Dag Asgeir Bjørnerud (7 years ago)
The gunpowder tower theater on Citadeløya/Stavern fort every summer in July and the beautiful Stavernsøya in the sea gap is an experience all year round.
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