AKERSHUS CASTLE, NORWAY

The Virgin Tower of Akershus  

During the Middle Ages people believed that animals buried alive would give them protection. The story goes that the commander of Akershus Fortress buried a dog alive in front of the Virgin Tower in order to turn the dog into a ghost. The ghost dog, called Malcanisen (which means “evil dog”), would then guard the tower against intruders – just like King Håkon V did to his only daughter by marriage, Ingeborg.

 

No one managed to conquer the tower – it remained untouched just like a virgin. The expression “The Virgin Tower” reflects on both the tower itself and the King’s daughter, Princess Ingeborg.

 

 

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