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Akershus Fortress, Oslo: 83 reviews and 193 photos

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Akershus fortress was established in 1299 by Haakon B Magnuson

Through most of its time Akershus has had a role as a prison. From old publications we read about the knight Guttorm Gaste who escaped from a "dark tower". From the middle of the 1600 century they started practicing jail and the phenomenon "slavery" came into being. They were used as workers to maintain the fortress. And of course they lived a miserable life.

Some of the famous prisoners here are Ole Høyland and the thief Gjest Baardsen who spent his 18 years here and wrote a biography

Phone: 2309 3917
Website: http://www.visitnorway.com/us/Where-to-go-us/East/Oslo/To-do--see/Attractions-in-Oslo/Akershus-Fortress-/

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  • Updated Jan 1, 2012
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