Skanör Fortress

The fish markets of Skanör and Falsterbo attracted tens of thousands of visitors every year. Though his sheriffs, the king guaranteed the maintenance of law and order. Taxes and other duties were collected at the same time. In the Middle Ages, the herring markets were one of the most important sources of income for the Danish Crown. The fortress was erected close to the marketplace around 1225, serving up until the 1420s. An archaeological examination in the early 20th century showed that the fortress was located in an area where simple houses had stood before. Gravel had been filled on top of them, whereupon grass sods were made to impart stability. The fortress consisted of a brick main building, about 8 by 16 metres, and of other wooden and half timbered buildings. The whole site was surrounded by a wooden palisade. Of the two circular moats, only the inner one remains today; but traces of the external moat can still be seen. Stone remains of a building are also still present at the site.
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A close up of the English information board.
Standing on the mound.
Looking at the mound the fortress stood on.
Stone remains of a building on the mound.
A closer look at the mound.
Looking towards the site of the fish markets with the inner moat in between.
The information board at the site.
Building remains.
Location of the fish markets and the inner moat in between it and the fortress.
Another view of from the mound.
More remains of building.
The location of the outter moat. Its traces are clearly visible.
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