"The King's Palace" Östergötlands Län Things to Do Tip by sim1
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This is the King's Palace in Vadstena, and at the same time the Vadstena Kloster. Confusing isn't it? Hahaha, I guess a little bit. This building was built around 1250 as a royal palace. And that makes the palace the oldest and best preserved profane (= not belonging to the church) brick building in Sweden! And of course that made me want to see this building for myself.
But the King's Palace hasn't been in use as a royal palace for ever. The building has had several purposes over the years. It started all of as a royal castle but was donated to the nuns in 1346. After some radical changes in the building (like lowering the roof) it was turned into a monastery: the famous Vadstena Kloster (read more about that in the next tip). The nuns lived in the former palace until 1595. But history doesn't stop there, once again the palace got new 'visitors'. In the seventeenth century the palace was used as a prison and after that as a mental hospital. In the 1950's the hospital got a new location and the Royal Palace was restored to its former glory. The present state is a mixture of the Royal Palace and the old Monastery. The door you can see in the second photo dates back to the times of the Royal Palace.
you can read more about this place on my Vadstena page
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