Royal Palace, Stockholm

Royal Palace, Stockholm (must see)

Stockholm Palace, also known as the Royal Palace, is the official residence of the Swedish monarch. As for the actual residence, King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia typically live at Drottningholm Palace. Located in the Old Town of Stockholm (Gamla Stan), the Royal Palace sits adjacent to the Parliament (Riksdag) building. It houses the offices of the King, the Royal Swedish family, and the Royal Court of Sweden. Primarily, it serves a ceremonial role for the King in his duties as a head of state.

This site has been a royal residence since the mid-13th century. The initial Three Crowns (Tre Kronor) Castle was replaced by the current building after a devastating fire in 1697. Its construction was completed only in 1754, halted by nearly 30 years by the Great Northern War between Sweden and Russia.

Nowadays, visitors to the palace are greeted by the Swedish Royal Guard (Högvakten), whose history reaches back to medieval Sweden, adding much intrigue to this majestic structure.

Shaded by an exquisite copper roof, the palace – one of the largest in the world – features over 1,400 rooms, of which 660 are with windows, including state and guest apartments, the Hall of State, the Royal Chapel, the Treasury, and museums such as The Royal Armoury (Livrustkammaren) and the Three Crowns (Tre Kronor) Museum. The Bernadotte Library occupies what used to be the National Library of Sweden until 1878.

Also of note is the on-site Gustav III's Museum of Antiquities, one of Europe's oldest museums, which opened in 1794. King Gustav III acquired numerous sculptures during a trip to Italy in the late 1700s. Following his death, over 200 sculptures (including the prominent Endymion) were displayed in the palace's stone galleries.

The Royal Gift Shop in the palace offers unique souvenirs connected to the Royal Collections, featuring limited edition items and interior designs from historical patterns. With a wide range of products – from postcards to fashion accessories, – it is a distinctive shopping destination, open daily with free entry.

Tip:
While the rooms are well-marked in English, it's always good to go on a guided tour for a more personalized experience.
The Treasury room, with all the regalia, would justify taking the tour as you actually get to learn more about what you're looking at.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.

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Sight Name: Royal Palace
Sight Location: Stockholm, Sweden (See walking tours in Stockholm)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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