Built in 1884 in late gothic style, the Kristiansand Cathedral, with seating for 1800 people, is Norway's third-largest church. Guided...
The Kristiansand Posebyen takes in most of the 14 blocks at the northern end of the town's characteristic kvadraturen (square grid...
Our favourite drinking hole in Kristiansand, this trendy place has retro-chic fusion decor, a mellow ambience by day and late-night...
Along the waterfront next to the yacht harbour, this long-standing restaurant of quality is another fine choice for lovers of the fruits...
Christiansholm Fortress information
Lonely Planet review
The most prominent feature that sits along the Strandpromenaden is the distinctive Christiansholm Fortress. Built by royal decree between 1662 and 1672 to keep watch over the strategic Skagerrak Straits and protect the city from pirates and rambunctious Swedes, the construction featured walls up to 5m thick and an armoury buried within a concentric inner wall. It was connected to the mainland by a bridge over a moat (filled in during the 19th century) deep enough to accommodate tall ships. The fortress served its purpose – it was never taken by enemy forces.