Friends of Odderøya

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The gunpowder house on Søndre battery

Throughout the years from the city's foundation until Odderøya was closed in 1995, Kristiansand has been a significant garrison town in Norway. It is regrettable that a place has not yet been found in Kristiansand where it has been possible to show the importance the defense has had for the city's development.

When the Krutthuset on Søndre Batteri was fully restored, Friends of Odderøya decided to use this room to, in a modest way, tell more about Odderøya's history.

Through panels, we deal with Odderøya's geology, flora and fauna. We show something about the attack on Kristiansand on 9 April 1940 and what has been of the defense facilities around the Kristiansandsfjord from 1650 to 1945.

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A bit of military history from Odderøya

Odderøya has been fortified with military installations since the 17th century. Militarily speaking, Odderøya had its military heyday in 1905 and during the neutrality watch during the First World War.

The ammunition laboratory and the gunpowder houses on Odderøya

Brief history of Odderøya's north-west side, where the Fortress and Navy's cannonballs and gunpowder were stored and maintained from the mid-19th century.