Mastrand Storyteller December 21, 2012Posted by Georgete in Photography.
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I took this picture while visiting Carlsten, a stone fortress located at the top of Marstrand island on the western coast of Sweden. They said the construction started in 1658 and it took 200 years to finish it …
I’ve also learned that back then it was hard to convince people to work on the fortress. Nobody wanted to climb the hill carrying gigantic stones. So authorities invented a new punishment in Swedish law called ‘Marstrand work’, which gave them the pretext to move criminals from all over the country to the island to build the fortress.
After climbing up the hill myself (it was taught believe me), I could imagine how hard it was for the prisoners to carry all those stones up there.
It was delightful to hear amazing stories about the fortress from local tour guides.