Fredriksborg Tower – The Butter Dish

A wonderful day at Fredriksborg Tower

Today I went to Fredriksborg Tower in Värmdö to shot some photospheres. The weather was great and I was all alone, which I prefer when I take pictures for my photospheres.


History of Fredriksborg Tower

Fredriksborg Fort’s ruins lay 40 metres above sea level. The tower was originally twice as high and the upper lookout offered a clear view of the north archipelago.

The brickwork that you see here is what remains of the original 3-tier outer wall. When the fort became obsolete in mid 19th century, the wall sandstones were removed and used in the rebuilding of the Vaxholm Citadel. At the same time, the top two tower floors were demolished. The new lower and wider shape of the tower gave it the nickname “The Butter Dish”

The main function of Fredriksborg Tower was to protect against inland attacks. A protruding casemate can be seen on the upper east side of the tower with narrow embrasures in the lower tower wall. The top floors held 45 cannons while the tower itself, accessed only via a drawbridge, had a trench around it. The drawbridge winch is still inside the tower. From the centre of the tower is a spiral step-free brick chute up to the second and top floors. This was used for moving cannons. The building also had fireplaces and a well in case of a siege. The hub of the tower was used for storing gunpowder and ammunition.

In late 18th century, Fredriksborg Tower was part of an optical telegraph line. The telegraph up ont the roof is a reconstruction.

Equipment used

This photosphere was taken with my Canon EOS 550D and Canon 8-15mm f/4 L USM Fisheye Lens. I used a Sirui P-326S Carbon fibre monopod and the Nodal Ninja R1 head with the RD5 rotator.


All images was shot in RAW and post-processed in Camera Raw, PhotoShop, PTGui Pro and krpano Tools.

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