Drottningholm Palace

 

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The Palace located some 15 kilometres from Stockholm's centre, is a private residence of Swedish Royal family as well as the popular tourist site, inscribed on UNESCO world Heritage list.


The original Palace at this place was built in 1580 for Catherine Jagellon, by his husband John III of Sweden, but it lasted for less than century. The Queen Hedvig Eleonora ordered to built the new, more splendid one in 1661. The architect, who constructed the new Palace was Nicodemus Tessin the Elder, and after his death in 1681 his son finished his job and design the interiors. The representative halls are now open to public, while private chambers are everyday home for Carl XVI Gustaf and his family.
Apart of main, baroque building, the complex include other building, such as Drottningholm Palace Theatre (still in use) and the Chinese Pavilion. All of them are surrounded by a huge garden, partially in French Baroque style, with geometrical flowerbeds and hedges, and partially as a English more natural park.





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