From shore battery to coast-defence fort
Kongelundsfort (Fort Kongelund) was originally built as a shore battery for Copenhagen's Coast Defences in 1914-1916. The battery was part of the third and last extension of the coast defences undertaken in 1909-1918. Kongelundsfort is sited at the southern…
The fortifications of Copenhagen were built in the late 19th century when the threat came from sea and land. But with World War I, a new threat came from the air. The fortifications were now vulnerable to attack from enemy aircraft, and during the war, the first anti-aircraft defences were deployed at the Kongelund battery. Kongelundsfort was taken out of service as a coast-defence fort in 1957 but was reinstated just two years later as a base for an anti-aircraft missile division. The fort was in use as a military base until 1982 when it was finally decommissioned. In 1996, Dragør Municipality acquired the premises.
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