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Stockholm
The Royal Palace

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Gripsholms Castle

 
  Sweden
Stockholm
The Royal Palace
The Palace started out as a fortress in the mid-13th century (although it has been suggested that some fortifications had existed on the site since the 10th century) and developed into a palace known as the Tre Kronor ("Three Crowns") taking on Baroque style in the 17th century. Much of the castle and palace, with the exception of the North Wing was destroyed by fire in 1697, resulting in the construction of the existing palace during the 18th century. The construction took considerably longer than anticipated and it was not completed for habitation until 1754, meaning that the Royal Family were not able to move in until then.  READ MORE

Mariefred
Gripsholms Castle
Gripsholms Castle was built in 1537 by King Gustav I (1523 - 1560) on the site of a fortress which he confiscated from a monastery in 1526 as part of his confiscation of Castles and mansions. The original fortress was built around 1380 by Bo Jonsson Grip the head of the royal council. It was demolished in order that the new castle and Royal residence could be constructed and was to serve as the Royal residence until 1713 when it became a prison which it remained until 1773 when it was renovated and extended by King Gustav III (177192). READ MORE

 

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