"Kungliga Slottet" Kungliga Slottet - Royal Palace Tip by Pieter11

  Pieter 11 and the Royal Palace
by Pieter11
  • Pieter 11 and the Royal Palace - Stockholm
      Pieter 11 and the Royal Palace
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  • The Royal Palace from inside - Stockholm
      The Royal Palace from inside
    by Pieter11

At a corner of Gamla Stan, the Kungliga Slottet, Royal Palace, is located. This is one of the nicest monuments of the city, at a great location. Two of the wings of this yellow-brown palace almost reach the water and the building is situated on top of a hill.

The current palace replaced the old Castle Tre Kronor (Three Crowns) that burned down in 1697. The old one had its origins in the 10th century and started as a fortress to defend the island. Later, when Sweden became a modern Kingdom, King Magnus Eriksson ordered to built a castle at the same place, named Tre Kronor, because he ruled over 3 Kingdoms: Sweden, Norway and Skane.

From the 16th century on the castle was made into a palace where the Royal Family moved in. This one didn't last long, because of the disastrous fire at the end of the 17th century. After that, during the regime of Charles XII, the palace was completely rebuilt in a Renaissance style. The palace became simple and robust from the outside and luxurious from the inside. Baroc rooms were built and everything was very classy for those days.

Today the Palace is still used by the Royal Family, but parts are open for public. If you buy a full ticket you will see the following things:

- The Royal Apartments: The rooms where the Royal family used to stay. With as most beautiful room the Hall of State, where official occasions take place.
- The Treasury: Here, deep inside the Palace, the Royal treasures are kept. Some unbelievebly beautiful crowns, coats and jewels are shown here.
- Tre Kronor Museum: A really nice museum that tells you everything about the long history of the Palace. You can even take a look at the oldest parts of the Castle: bricks that are 800 years old.
- Gustav III's Museum of Antiquities: This is a small museum with the private collection of, mostly Roman, statues. The special thing about this room is that it's in exactly the same position as it was in the 1790's, which you can see on an old painting of the room.

Phone: +46 8 402 60 00
Website: http://www.royalcourt.se

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  • Written Feb 20, 2006
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