Drottningskär Citadel by EuroTourData

Drottningskär Citadel was built in 1680 as the sea fort to protect the naval base of Karlskrona. Info is based on the article Drottningskärs kastell of Swedish Wikipedia.

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History of Drottningskär Citadel

The core of the citadel is the three-story keep, a long, narrow building that was used to set up sheltered cannons and shelter for the crew. The keep was surrounded by four bastions named after the Swedish queens Christina, Hedwig, Maria, and Ulrika. To protect from land attacks, defensive walls, the moat, and the ravelin were built in the 1730s. The citadel was built in such a way that the cannons could be placed on three levels, which meant that 44 cannons could simultaneously fire on enemy ships.

Twice the enemy fleet tried to attack Karlskrona, but both times could not break through the defense of the Citadel.

The first attempt was an attack by the Russian fleet during the war 1889. The fleet admiral did not dare to directly attack the citadel and the naval base.

The second failure was of the famous Admiral Nelson. After the destruction of most of the Danish fleet during the Battle of Copenhagen on the 2 of April 1801, the next British goal was the destruction of Karlskrona and the Swedish fleet. There was a very thick fog when Nelson's fleet sailed to Karlskrona. On a foggy morning, the British sent a small ship for reconnaissance. In turn, the commander of Drottningskär Citadel was concerned about the fact that gunpowder could become damp from heavy fog. Therefore, he gave the command for test shots from cannons. The cannonballs from these shots almost destroyed the British reconnaissance vessel, which immediately turned back. The commander of the reconnaissance vessel told Lord Nelson that the Swedes from the citadel could somehow see through the fog and hit directly at the target. After this, the British refused a direct attack and sailed back to Britain.

Table 1. Drottningskär Citadel general info and geo
Tourist Audience Cultural heritage tourism
Swedish original name Drottningskärs kastell
Category Coastal defence and fortification
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Condition Fully saved
Public access Free
Street address
Kastellvägen 15
Postal code 37022
Village Drottningskär
County Blekinge
Country Sweden
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Directions to Drottningskär Citadel
Plus code 9FFW497R+32
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OpenStreetMap Drottningskär Citadel
Latitude 56.11024
Longitude 15.56453
GeoNames ID 12104745
Knowledge Panel Drottningskär Citadel
Owner National Property Board of Sweden

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Dataset to Drottningskär Citadel

Tabular dataset and ATOM feed to Drottningskär Citadel of Sweden Fortifications, by EuroTourData.

ETD ID: dkarfort-swed.

Tags: tourist attraction, Sweden, Blekinge, coastal fortification, sea-fort.

Creator: Nikolaj Antonov

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