Sandby Castle

Sandby Castle

Sandby borg is the only one of Öland's ancient castles that is located by the water and has received a lot of attention in recent years due to the spectacular finds that have been made there.

The fact that the castle is located by the water has caused headaches, as the castle has not fit into the traditional picture of the history of the ancient cities. Traditionally, Öland's ancient castles have been interpreted as places of refuge in times of unrest, and a place by the lake has then meant that you didn't have much time to collect your valuables and get to the castle before a seaborne enemy had already landed and started looting. Thoughts have therefore been raised that the castle may have been built by Vendian pirates or that they wanted to defend themselves against attacks from land. In its layout and appearance, however, the castle is very similar to the other castles, which speaks for a local master builder.


Amazing finds and raids

Just towards the land, the wall is very thick and if you study it more closely, it seems as if there is an outer wall, close to the first one. There are also side effects in the form of stone bumbles that have prevented an attacker from attacking right on. In 2010, a georadar survey was made of the castle, in an attempt to map the former house foundations, which are now no longer visible above ground. In connection with this, looting pits for treasure seekers were discovered. A follow-up investigation to save what was left was carried out and, among other things, five spectacular relief clasps from the 400th century were discovered. Interest in the castle was reawakened, and in the following years the castle was examined by the Kalmar county museum. Although only a few percent of the castle's surface has been examined, several deceased people have been found in the castle. There are traces of stab wounds on the skeletons which show that the castle was attacked during the second half of the 400th century. After what happened, no one has come back to bury the dead and the castle has been abandoned. The castle can be visited today, but at the moment there are no reference signs.