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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