The Royal Palace of Stockholm
The King's place of work
In the middle of Gamla stan (the Old Town) in Stockholm stands the Royal Palace, which, together with the changingof the guard in the courtyard, attracts many visitors. The palace has many things to see. For example, there are three museums focusing on royal history: the Treasury, containing the royal regalia; the Tre Kronor Museum, which outlinesthe palace's medieval history; and Gustav III's Museum of Antiquities, containing classical sculptures.
As a building, the Royal Palace of Stockholm occupies a special position in the history of Swedish and international construction. Its evolution into the palace we see today has been from a medieval defensive stronghold and a renaissance palace. A fire at the palace in May 1697 destroyed the entire complex of buildings apart from the then rebuilt northern wing, facing Norrbro and Gustav Adolfs Torg. The architect Nicodemus Tessin the Younger took the preserved northern wing as his starting point when he designed the rectangular Roman Baroque palace we see today, which was completed in 1754.
Take a walk around the outside of the palace and look at the beautiful details on the façade. Can you see the lion carvings under the cornices? There is scaffolding along parts of the façade. The reason for this is that currently the building is undergoing the most comprehensive restoration of modern times. Weather, wind and air pollution have been hard on the stonework and decorations of the façade, and 2011 sees the start of a project to restore and replace the stonework. This is difficult and time-consuming work that is expected to last some considerable time.
The Royal Palace of Stockholm is an important symbolic building - this is where history meets the present day. It is also a place for official receptions and is a place of work for the King and Queen and a setting for the official business that is conducted in the Royal Household.
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111 30 Stockholm