Guess what? Yep, it’s ghost story time again. This non-fiction story comes from Norway, Oslo to be specific. This week I want to tell you about a very haunted place called Akershus Festning or Akershus Fortress.
Here are a few facts about the fortress:
- It’s the most haunted castle in Norway.
- The original structure was built somewhere around the late 1290’s by King Haakon V to protect the city of Oslo.
- Known for its dungeons, beautiful décor, large plush upper floors with banquet halls and staterooms, and its ghosts.
- There is a reproduced exhibit of it in the Norway area at Epcot in Florida’s Disney World.
- Akershus Festning is one of Norway’s most important medieval monuments.
- The fortress itself overlooks the harbor.
- Today it is used for state occasions, concerts, theatrical productions and exhibitions.
- A museum and several crypts of important Norwegian Royalty are also contained inside.
- The Royal Mausoleum in the castle holds the remains of King Siguard I, Queen Efumia, King Haakon V, King Haakon VII, Queen Maud, King Olav V and Crown Princess Martha.
- It covers 67 separate buildings (the area is the size of 14 football fields).
- This was the site of several sieges and battles as well as eight unsuccessful Swedish attacks.
- The fortress was constructed so that it was nearly impossible for enemy take over.
- The castle was eventually transformed into a prison that held some of Norway’s most notorious criminals.
- Darker history shows the Nazi’s occupied the structure during WWII, and unfortunately many people were executed under their rule.
- The fortress is located within a 10 minute walking distance from the center of the city of Oslo.
Now on to the ghostly sightings at the location:
- There are reports of a very large black dog being buried alive long ago in the Maiden’s Tower on the east side, near the old main entrance of the castle. The dog was reportedly called Malcanisen and it is seen guarding a corridor leading to the heart of the fortress.
- (Side note in regards to Malcanisen, they say if you see his spirit that you will pass away by a violent death within a span of three months to a year afterwards. Let’s hope you don’t see it if you visit.)
- Other reports are of the spirit of a woman named Mantelgeisten who is seen walking within the castle towards her chambers. She appears out of the darkness wearing a long robe and having no facial features.
- Ghostly guards have been spotted standing at their posts only to disappear within seconds. They have been seen by many people. There have been other human like apparitions seen as well.
- There are reports of hearing ghostly horses galloping, hearing horrible screams and the sounds of prison chains rattling when no one else is around. Ghostly whispers and scratching’s can be heard along the fortress’ hallways when one is alone there.
- Reports of physical attacks, of people (employees and visitors alike) being pushed on their backs by unseen hands.
If you are so inclined you may take a tour of the location. You can find information on the following their official website as well as Oslo’s tourism website for this beautiful and haunted fortress.
Oslo Military, Akershus, N-0015 Oslo Phone: +47 2309 3917 http://ak.mil.no
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