Skansin (The Fort)The old fortress that protected the city of Tórshavn from pirates. It is situated on the northern part of Tórshavn harbour. Its primary function was to protect the trading facilities and later the center for the royal trading monopoly.
The Fort is believed to have been built as early as 1580 by Magnus Heinason a Faroese national hero who served as a privateer for the Danish government. The Fort was expanded in 1780 and has also been renovated in recent years. It is comprised of an inner and an outer wall, a garrison, a gunpowder magazine and a lighthouse.
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I'm interesting in war history and would recommend every one with a bit of history in their blood to visit Skansin in Tórshavn. Its easy to find it, and the map above points straight on it. The canons are in good shape and there are also newer canons further down the hill!