NORTHERNMOST Fortress in the World - Vardo Fortress - Finnmark, Norway
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Neofytos
N 70° 22.329 E 031° 05.629
36W E 428547 N 7808494
Vardø Fortress is the northernmost fortress in the world.
Waymark Code: WM8T88
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Date Posted: 05/10/2010
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
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Vardø Fortress is the northernmost fortress in the world and was originally constructed to protect Norwegian territory in Finnmark and the surrounding areas. The fortress was built between 1734 and 1738 and looks today almost as it did at that time. It has been constucted in a star formation, with eight points, and the many unique buildings within the fortress walls are well worth a visit.

There are only two fortresses in Norway which still have a commander on site - Vardø fortress and Akershus fortress in Oslo. The cannons are fired when members of the royal family celebrate their birthdays. In addition, the fortress in Vardø salutes the return of the sun after the polar night by firing its cannons.

The present-day fortress in Vardø is the third in town. The first is supposed to have been built around the year 1300 by King Haakon V's forces, whilst the second was built in the years leading up to 1460.
Type of documentation of superlative status: Web Site cited below

Location of coordinates: Vardohus Fortress

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