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Marsvinsholm, Ystad

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Marsvinsholm Castle is situated in Ystad Municipality, Scania, in southern Sweden, from Ystad.HistoryThe estate was first known as Bosøe, Borsøe and Bordsyø and is known from the 14th century. During the late 14th century, it became part of the royal Danish crown land, and was owned by king Valdermar Atterdag and later by his daughter, queen Margrethe.Around 1520 it was pawned to Danish admiral Jens Holgersen Ulfstand who in 1499 had constructed nearby Glimmingehus. The property ceased to be crown land.In 1630, Palle Ulfsted sold the property to Danish nobleman Otte Marsvin, who constructed the present castle 1644-1648, naming it after his family. Marsvin is the Danish word for the porpoise and holm is a small island. Otte Marsvin's sister, Ellen Marsvin, was the "mother-in-law" (her daughter Kirsten Munk was a common law wife to the king) of the king Christian IV of Denmark, and the Marsvin family was one of Denmark's largest property owners.Otte Marsvin constructed his castle on beech poles in a small lake. It is a four-storey, square structure. Two of the four corners, in the north east and the south west, are provided with five-storey towers. The castle was renovated thoroughly between 1782-1786 by count Erik Ruuth, and in 1856-1857 baron Jules Sjöblad hired Danish architect Ch. F. Zwingmann to restore the castle again. This last restoration gave the structure its current Dutch Renaissance-style.
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  • Do not come here - it’s a private area. Visitors are not welcome. There is no proper parking, “private property” signs everywhere. 
    Do not come here - it’s a private area. Visitors are not welcome. There is no proper parking, “private property” signs everywhere.  more »
  • It is just wrong to list this as an attraction for the visit in Ystad when the owners of the castle threaten visitors with their dogs(!). Yes, it is true. We went there, having read that visitors... 
    It is just wrong to list this as an attraction for the visit in Ystad when the owners of the castle threaten visitors with their dogs(!). Yes, it is true. We went there, having read that visitors...  more »
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  • I got there in the evening, the church was closed - I only visited the park and looked at a small cemetery. Around the living soul, the smell of herbs and the atmosphere of this wonderfully well-kept place unique. Be sure to check it out!
  • Very beautiful church and the surrounding area is incredibly well maintained and beautiful. A place you like to visit every year.

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