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Borgholm Castle

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HISTORY

This fortification dates back to the twelfth century. It was restored and rebuilt several times in the following centuries, having been destroyed by a violent fire on October 14, 1806. It is currently in ruins. The construction of the original fortress was probably ordered by King Canute I, although this is not entirely certain. He reigned from 1167 to 1195 and had fortresses built on the Swedish east coast as a defense against enemies across the Baltic Sea. During the 13th to 15th centuries, additions and changes were made. For example, new towers were built and a new, thicker wall was built.

WHY THIS PLACE

Today's castle is the ruins of the 17th century Baroque palace that Charles X Gustav built. It is owned and managed by the National Property Board of Sweden (Statens Fastighetsverk). It is open to visitors and houses a museum. The inner courtyard hosts concerts, theater performances and other events.

CURIOSITIES

In the summer of 1989, Swedish pop group Roxette recorded material for six music videos during a concert. One is "Listen to Your Heart", which became the group's third number-one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 later that year.

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