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An inside look at the history of the monarchy that preceded it, as well as the history of the current parliamentary monarchy.

The Royal Palace (Kungliga Slottet) is the official residence of the royal family in Stockholm, a baroque building designed by the architect Nicodemus Tessin the Younger, which includes more than 600 rooms. In addition to the apartments, you can discover three history museums: the Castle Museum (Tre Kronor Museum), dedicated to the medieval history of the palace, the Treasury (Skattkammaren) and the Gustav III Antiquities Museum (Gustav III: s antikmuseum) with its ancient sculptures. Don't miss the changing of the guards at 12.15 pm from Monday to Saturday (1.15 pm on Sunday).

Built gradually, from a dungeon dating from the late twelfth century, Stockholm Castle has continued to grow over time. King Gustav I Vasa (1521-1560), founder of the modern Swedish state, was one of those who strengthened the defence of the old castle. His son, John III (1569-1592), was more interested in aesthetics and had the severe medieval building remodelled in an opulent Renaissance style. In the 17th century, Tre Kronor, the name of the original tower and sometimes also the name of the old castle, could hardly accommodate the administrative services of a state that had become a major European power, and King Charles XI (1660-1697) commissioned the architect Nicodemus Tessin to enlarge the castle. The aim was to create a magnificent residence worthy of Sweden's absolute monarch. The north wing was built in the years 1692-1695, and the upper floor was converted into the reception rooms that can be seen today. On 7 May 1697, a fire broke out, destroying almost the entire castle. Only the newly built north wing was saved. Taking this as his starting point, Tessin drew up a plan for a completely new palace. The reconstruction, which was rapid at first, was hampered by a lack of funds, as the wars of Charles XII (1697-1718) had consumed all financial resources. Shortly before his death in 1728, Tessin was fortunate enough to have a special tax created to ensure the continuation of his work. The task of Nicodemus Tessin as artistic and administrative head fell to his son Charles-Gustave. But it was the architect Charles Hårleman who became the real director of the work. Although he followed Tessin's original plans faithfully, he applied the Rococo style of his time to the ground floor apartments. In 1754, Adolf Frederick (1751-1771) and Louise Ulric were able to leave their temporary residence on the island of Riddarholmen and move into the royal palace, or more precisely into the lower part of the two large floors of the north wing, now known as the Bernadotte Apartments. Their sons, Princes Gustav (III), Charles (XIII) and Frederick Adolph, were successively given their own homes in the east and west wings. The castle, which had become a real palace, was completely fitted out around 1770.

The ceremonial room of Gustav III. The ceiling with its rich allegorical motifs was executed in the 1690s by Fouquet and Chauveau. The other decorations in the room, based on drawings by J.-E. Rehn, date from the years 1772-1779. This is the first time that Louis XVI classicism is fully displayed in the decoration of a Swedish interior. In the alcove that once housed the royal bed, there is a well-preserved rococo tapestry from the Gobelins, depicting a scene from the opera Roland by Quinault and Lully. It was presented to Gustav III in Paris in 1784. The alcove contains three cabinets made by the Parisian cabinetmaker Adam Weisweiler in 1784, decorated with panels of Japanese lacquer and hard stone, stone mosaic in relief. Finally, on the consoles, two busts: those of Charles XII and Gustav III.

The gallery of Charles XI. It forms the center of the royal ceremonial apartment created by Tessin. Its original decoration, begun in the 1690s and bearing the mark of Tessin's influence during his studies in France under Louis XVI, has not been significantly altered. Only the marbled stucco on the walls is of more recent origin (1819-1820). The allegories on the ceiling are a tribute to Charles XI and his wife Ulrique-Eléonore. The busts of the royal couple are also found above the entablature.

The Don Quixote room. It owes its name to its wall tapestries depicting scenes from the life of Cervantes' hero. This suite of tapestries, as well as the upholstery of the seats, was one of the many gifts given by Louis XVI to Gustav III during the latter's visit to Paris in 1784. The ceiling, representing Juno and the Four Winds, is by Taraval. The richly framed overdoors, based on sketches by Rehn, were painted by F. Boucher in the 1740s.

The Bernadotte Gallery. Of the original rich rococo decorations, the Taraval ceiling remains today as well as the fireplace, windows and doors. The gallery was partially emptied of its ornaments in the time of Gustav III to make room for part of the important collection of paintings donated by Charles-Gustav Tessin to Frederick I. Among other things, portraits of the Bernadotte dynasty can be seen here.

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Admission: Total ticket (castle, treasury, Tre Kronor Museum and Antiquities Museum only in summer) 160 SEK per adult.

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moniquebotella@orange.fr
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Nous avons profité d'une escale de notre croisiere pour visiter le palais royal malheuresement nous n'avons pas vu le reléve de la garde.
C'est un magnifique lieu prenez votre temps pour le visiter.
HEDO
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Visited in may 2019
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Toujours impressionant surtout au moment de la relève de la garde. Quelles dimensions !
flodu13
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incontournable
Le palais royal est gigantesque et si vous avez la chance comme nous de tomber au moment de la relève de la garde,c'est absolument magnifique
Yoan1988
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Visited in may 2018
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Edifiqued'origine medieval il a ete renove . Il est tres beau de l'exterieur a proximite d'un cours d'eau. Je n'ai pas visite interieur mais la vue exterieur est deja impressionante, vaut le detour!
jallo
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Visited in may 2017
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Le palais royal constitue une visite incontournable...
Trebou
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Visited in january 2017
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Le palais est sympa, il est possible de voir les roulements des soldats et leur défilé autour du palais, et vous pouvez voir de magnifique choses dans la trésorerie.
CHATAIGNE 48
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Visited in september 2017
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palais royal de Stockholm . résidence officielle des monarques de suède
vanille333
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Bel édifice, extérieur imposant. La visite à l'intérieur comprend une succession de salles, salons....
Relève de la garde tous les jours
@V
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Visited in august 2016
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Un bâtiment plutôt "quelconque" de l'extérieur, mais une visite intéressante à l'intérieur avec une succession de belles salles, la chapelle, le trésor; collections de médailles ou de costumes, on apprend beaucoup de choses durant la visite guidée.
naniepetit
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Visited in january 2017
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Joli édifice, dans un quartier indispensable de Stockholm, vous y verrez des gardes, malheureusement je n'ai pas pu assister à la relève, mais il parait que ça vaut le détour
FranckFRA
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Visited in march 2017
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Le bâtiment d'extérieur n'est pas très impressionnant si on le compare à d'autres Palais Royal (comme celui de Oslo par exemple) mais à l'intérieur vous retrouver bien le décors d'un palais. Si vous voulez assister à la relève de la garde (qui a lieu à 12h) il faut venir 5-10min avant pour bien se placer.
Fillepoussin
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Visited in february 2017
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Très beau batiment. Nous avons assisté à la relève de la garde, puis visité les intérieurs. Nous avons appris beaucoup de choses sur la famille royale que nous ne connaissions pas beaucoup.
pasquale
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Visited in april 2016
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visite très intéressante
ne pas manquer la relève de la garde qui est assez impressionnante
mimo34
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Visited in june 2016
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Ce n'est pas ce qui m'aura marqué de mon voyage à Stockholm , c'est trés beau , c'est trés fastueux. Mais on parcourt des salles , et encore des salles et on admire du luxe d'antan et d'aujourd'hui de la famill royale. Le seul interet est peut etre la salle des joyaux au sous sol mais pour le reste c'est dispensable
nanie44
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Visited in june 2016
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Le quartier de Gamla Stan avec son château et palais royal est un incontournable de Stockholm. La relève de la garde est impressionnante avec tous ces chevaux. Il faut d'ailleurs arriver de bonne heure pour être bien placé

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