A lovely historic part of Lyckeby here in Sweden that I frequently pass on my walks with my dog Lisen is the old Castle Ruin Of Lyckå, Lyckå being the original name of Lyckeby.
Lyckå Castle was built in 1545 on orders from the Danish King Christian II.
The King wanted a new "firm house" of stone to be built to be able to resist in case local farmers ever should decide to start a riot. Also at this time Blekinge, the county where Lyckeby is located, was a boundary country in the wars between Sweden and Denmark. So on orders from the King a rectangular castle with two sturdy corner towers was built on a pre existing stronghold. It was completed in 1560.
Now the reason Lyckå Castle was built here in Lyckeby, and not in the main city Karlskrona, was because Lyckeby was actually founded several hundred years earlier than Karlskrona. In fact Lyckå City (Lyckeby) was mentioned for the first time in 1449, Karlskrona was founded in 1680. Unfortunately though, Lyckå lost its city charters in 1600. This was because the Danish government wanted to move people and invest in the newly built city of Kristianopel, located about 28 kilometres outside of Lyckeby. That same year the Danish king Christian IV also commanded that the Castle Of Lyckå be demolished and the stones reused in Kristianopel's fortifications. Luckily however, after the Peace of Roskilde in 1658, Lyckå once again became a part of Sweden. Although it never regained its former status as a main city.
But because Lyckeby has such a long history, there are still bits and pieces of historical remains scattered around the former medieval city. And fortunately many of them have been dug out and restored, like the Castle Of Lyckå. Which really is a lovely spot to hang out at by the way. So below are some more photos from my latest visit there with my doggy Lisen. :-)
Lyckå Castle Ruin.
View from the castle towards where I took the previous photo.
Today people seem to have barbecues by the old castle ruin... Hm.
Inside Lyckå Castle Ruin with Lisen. :-)
Also inside the castle ruin.
Outside looking in.
Outside at the back of the castle ruin.
Lisen now waiting for me patiently with her leash in her mouth, ready to move on outta there! Lol!