When we today arrive to Visingsö on a sunny summer day when vätten looks most beautiful it’s hard to imagine that once upon a time Sweden kept their Russian prisoners from the war under 1700’s.
Visingsö - Swedens biggest prison for the war.
Under the nordic war Sweden took a lot of people from other countries (under the war) as prisoners. A lot of these were taken to Visingsö. The prisoners was from Russia, denmark, Poland, England and Holland.. but the russians took the price of most people.
Sickness and starving.
It did not look good at the prison at visningsborgs castle. A lot of disease spread and a lot of the prisoners started to die. If they didn't die from being infected they probably died from starving to death. A lot of prisoners started trying to escape and get food at Gränna or even Jönköping.
Most of the prisoners had their last days at Visingsö. A lot of them died by starving or diseases that went around. So later in time people thought it was more than right to let them have a cemetery at the Island. Today people say it’s around 200 Russian people buried there, and you should not go there at night.
Big nordic war
The big nordic war was a war that happened between year 1700 - 1721 in northern, central and eastern Europe. The war happened under many years and cost Sweden a lot of money. Because of the wars end Sweden had no longer the power over the Baltic Sea.