Riddarhuset (House of Nobility), Stockholm

Riddarhuset (House of Nobility), Stockholm

The House of Nobility (Riddarhuset) in Stockholm serves as a focal point for the Swedish nobility, accommodating a corporation that manages records and acts as an interest group.

Its Swedish name translates literally to the "House of Knights," reflecting its medieval origins when the nobility consisted mainly of knights, alongside higher titles such as counts and barons. The corporation also represents esquires and untitled nobility, a tradition stemming from the time of the Kalmar Union when Sten Sture was Sweden's sole knight.

Throughout the centuries, the building has served multiple purposes. Historically, from the 17th to the 19th centuries, it was a chamber of the Parliament (Riksdag) of the Estates – the Swedish equivalent to the British House of Lords, – playing a significant role in Sweden's legislative process. During the 18th century, the building was also used for public concerts. However, in 1866, with the establishment of a new parliamentary system, its role shifted to a more symbolic one as a quasi-official representative body for the nobility, overseen by the Swedish government.

Since 2003, the House of Nobility has been a private institution. Its primary mission is to uphold and promote the traditions and cultural heritage of the Swedish nobility.

The building itself, initiated by French-born architect Simon de la Vallée and completed by his son Jean in 1660, is a historic site in Stockholm’s Old Town. It features a Latin inscription praising ancestral virtues and a statue of Gustav Vasa, the king of Sweden from 1523 to 1560. The building's design has also influenced architecture outside Sweden, such as the old main library in Turku, Finland.
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Sight Name: Riddarhuset (House of Nobility)
Sight Location: Stockholm, Sweden (See walking tours in Stockholm)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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