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Tycho Brahe

Tycho Brahe

Knutstorps Stronghold - Birthplace of the great astronomer Tycho Brahe, in the 16th century

The stronghold at Knutstorp, 3 kilometres east of Kågeröd, is a brick building which was constructed in 1551 by Otto Brahe. Originally the stronghold consisted of four wings, but it was ravaged by fire in 1678 and in 1956. It was in the original 14th century buildning that the great astronomer, Tycho Brahe, was born in 1546.

The stronghold was owned by several different families until it became the property of the Brahe family in the 16th century. They rebuilt Knutstorp, transforming it into the stronghold that we can now behold today. The stronghold consisted at that time of two huge buildings with step gables opposite one another, joined by two smaller buildings, thus forming a small courtyard in the middle.

At the approach to the stronghold, we encounter a bust of the astronomer Tycho Brahe. This charming building can be viewed form this point. Knutstorp is not open to the general public, but the Wachtmeister family, the present owner of the stronghold, arranges guided tours for groups. Knutstorp is a modern farm with large areas of forest and arable land.

Publicerad: 2012-02-03

Sidansvarig: Daniel Henriksson

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