Once a formidable fortress and prison, Akershus was built in the 14th century by King Håkon V to shield Oslo against sieges and attacks—no army ever managed to capture it. In the 17th century, King Christian IV converted the fortress into a Renaissance-style castle, and it became his royal residence. Today, Akershus Castle is a venue for state events and is open for the public to explore, with guided tours available in the summer.
By Lola (Akinmade) Åkerström, AFAR Local Expert
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