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    The Royal Palace

    by gugi66 Written Jul 21, 2008

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    The Royal Palace of Stockholm is His Majesty The King's official residence and is also the setting for most of the monarchy's official receptions. The palace is a daily place of work for The King and Queen as well as for the various departments that make up the Royal Court.

    This combination of royal residence, workplace and culture-historical monument open year round to visitors makes the Royal Palace of Stockholm unique amongst Europe's royal residences.

    The palace is built in baroque style by the architect Nicodemus Tessin and is formed as a Roman palace. The palace has more than 600 rooms divided between seven floors with a state apartment facing the city and smaller living rooms facing the inner courtyard.

    The palace contains many interesting things to see. In addition to the Royal Apartments there are three museums steeped in regal history: the Treasury with the regalia, the Tre Kronor Museum that portrays the palaces medieval history and Gustav III's Museum of Antiquities.

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    The Royal Palace

    by bijo69 Written Oct 17, 2007

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    The Royal Palace supposedly is the largest of its kind the world with 608 rooms. The king still has his working quarters here, but resides in Drottningholm. The palace was built during 60 years after the old one burned down in 1697.
    You can visit the royal apartments as long as there isn't an official reception (I was unlucky, the Bulgarian president was being entertained there).
    A couple of other museums occupy some place in the palace. I visited the Treasury where you can marvel at the crowns and swords of former kings (quite small) and the Tre Kronor museum which is dedicated to the history of the old palace (Tre Kronor).
    Opening times depend on the season, so check before you go. Admission to the museums is 90 SEK each!

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    Royal Palace aka Kungliga Slottet

    by jumpingnorman Written Oct 26, 2008

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    The Stockholm Palace (Swedish: Stockholms slott) is the official residence and major royal palace of the Swedish monarch. I stumbled upon it without the help of any map as I was walking through Gamla Stan. It was late at night and uniformed guards watched the area around the 609-room palace.
    I read that the palace was guarded by the Högvakten, a royal guard of members of the Swedish Armed Forces. They date back to the early 16th century. The next morning, I passed by again and saw more guards.

    See the statue of Stockholm-builder King Gustav III who loved the arts and founded the Royal Dramatic Theater and Opera. By a wicked twist of fate, he was assassinated in a masquerade ball at Royal Opera House in 1792.

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    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Oct 4, 2006

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    The fortress where Swedish kings lived appeared on the northern side of the island in the XIII century. However numerous fires destroyed almost all buildings of that time. The unique escaped wing of an ancient fortress is transformed into a museum "Tre kronor". In the XVI century Gustav Vasa began a construction of his residence on a place of the castle Birger Jarl. An emblem with three crowns decorated it. However this building burned down as well.

    The building existing nowadays was built in 1754. After a fire 1697 king Charles XII charged to continue work to the Italian architect N.Tessin - younger. However works were stretched for some decades. Now the palace is used as "a study" of the king.

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    THE ROYAL PALACE - ROYAL CHAPEL - 3

    by balhannah Updated Feb 6, 2012

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    As we weren't able to do a Palace tour, we decided to go and have a look at the Royal Chapel, located in the opposite door to where the entrance ticket's are bought.

    The Royal Chapel is FREE OF CHARGE.

    During the summer season the chapel is open to the public twice a week, allowing a viewing of the interior, architecture and art.
    The chapels interior was completed in the middle of the 1700s, and includes sculptures, statues and ceiling paintings, it's beautiful!

    The Royal Chapels morning services and masses with music every Sunday is at 11:00am. During During the summer month's, there is an organ concert every Friday at 1pm.

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    Royal Palace

    by magor65 Written Sep 16, 2004

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    Royal palace was built in 18th century on the remains of Tre Kronor Castle, destroyed by the fire in 1697. Designed by Tessin the younger in the style of Italian Baroque.
    The King and Queen of Sweden don't live here any more, but they have here their offices and it's a place where they receive foreign diplomats and other guests.
    One of the tourist attractions is the Changing of the Guards, which from June to August takes place at 12.10 on weekdays, and at 1.10 p.m. on Sundays and public holidays. In low season it is usually on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays.
    Tourists have access to the Royal Apartments including the Hall of State, Tre Kronor Museum and Treasury. I don't want to discourage anyone, but personally I found them a little boring and modest, in comparison to other places of this kind.

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    The Royal Apartments at the Royal Palace

    by wadekorzan Written Jun 7, 2004

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    I do not think this is a must unless you really want to see some rooms inside the Royal Palace where the King and Queen actually hold some official functions. If you are looking to visit an overwhelmingly beautiful palace, then this is not the one for you! It does have some nice rooms, but none that are truly incredible.

    There are two floors, and I found the most interesting and beautiful to be two flights up and to the right. This section has the so-called "State Apartments", and though were designed for the king and queen to reside here, most royals lived elsewhere, and the current royal family is no exception. Alot of the literature I read said the royal family actually lives here--but I was told differently, that only the king works here in some hidden part of the building.

    By far the nicest rooms were "The White Sea", "The Council Chamber", and Karl XI' gallery.

    To make the most of your visit, do a little reading on Swedish Royalty.

    The Royal Apartments are open:
    May 15-August: 10 AM - 4 PM daily
    September - May 14: Tuesday - Sunday 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    There are usually guided tours in English around 1:00 PM in summer.

    Entrance to Royal Apartments

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  • The Royal Palace

    by peach93 Written Nov 21, 2005

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    The Swedish Royal Palace is an enormous, ornate building in the oldest part of the city (Gamla Stan) which lies between the Baltic Sea and Lake Malaren. It is surrounded by guards in blue uniforms and is also surrounded by tour busses much of the time. Many parts of the palace are accessable to the public including the Royal Chapel, the Royal Appartments, and the Palace Museum, which houses many artifacts from the Middle Ages. You can also see the Crown Jewels which are located in the palace treasury. The palace church holds a church service on Sundays at 11 AM which is open to the public. Palace is open at different times, on different days depending on the time of year. Check their website for details.

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    Royal Palace

    by HORSCHECK Updated Dec 7, 2013

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    The Royal Palace (Kungliga Slottet) is the official residence of the Swedish King Carl XVI Gustav. It has more than 600 rooms and is therefore the biggest palace in the world, which is still used by a head of state.

    The Royal Palace was built in Italian Baroque style between 1697 and 1754 on the site of the former medieval castle "Tre Kronor".

    Directions:
    The Royal Palace is located in the northeastern corner of the old town (Gamla Stan).
    The nearest metro stop is "Gamla Stan".

    Website: http://www.royalcourt.se/

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    The Royal Armoury

    by wadekorzan Updated Jun 9, 2004

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    This is a pretty neat museum to visit, with exhibits of armour, weapons and costumes. Especially beautiful are the carriages on display, there are five carriages in all. You can aso see what is left of Gustav II Adolf's horse, Karl XII's hat with a bullet hole (he was assasinated), and other kind of interesting things like the costume in which Gustav III was assasinated.

    Open from 10 AM - 5 PM daily June through August and 11 AM - 5 PM Tuesday through Sunday at other times of the year.

    The combination ticket for the Royal Palace is not valid for this museum so you have to pay the entry of 70 Swedish Krone.

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    Stockholm Slott (The Royal Palace)

    by tejanasueca Updated Aug 4, 2004

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    The first building on this site was a fortress built in the 13th century by Birger Jarl to defend Lake Mälaren. The palace got its name, Tre Kronor (Three Crowns) in the middle of the 14th century when King Magnus, who was then King of the three Kingdoms Sweden, Norway, and Skane lived there. Today, you can still find reminantes of this old palace behind the façade of the northern wing.

    In the 16th century, under King John III, much work was done to transform the old fortress into a renaissance palace. In 1690, it was decided to transform the palace into baroque palace. In 1692, work began on the northern side. However, May 7, 1697, there was a huge fire, which destroyed most of the palace (except for the newly renowated north side).

    A new palace, after a design by architect Nicodemus Tessin, was built to replace the old. The reconstruction was estimated to take 5 years, however, not until 1754, almost sixty years after the fire, when most of the palace (except for the northwest wing) was finished, was the royal family (King Adolf Fredrik and his family) able to move back in. The northwest wing was finished 1760. Despite this, there were no changes made to the 1697 design.

    Stockholm Palace, or Stockholms slott, is still the official residence of the Swedish monarch (however, the Royal Family does not live here anymore, they live at Drottningholm Palace, just outside of Stockholm). The personal offices of the king and the other members of the Royal Family, as well as the administrative offices of the Royal Court of Sweden, is located at Stockholm Palace. The palace is also used for representative purposes by the king in performing his duties as the head of state.

    You can enter the palace and see a selected number of rooms. The enterance is by the Outer Courtyard (southwest side).

    Look for when the flag of the Swedish monarch (a Swedish flag with three points and a lion weapon) is flying ontop of the palace – that means that King Carl VI Gustav is in the palace!

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    Walking to the The Royal Palace

    by sim1 Updated Jun 9, 2007

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    From the Storkyrkan you are only a few steps away from the the Royal Palace. When you get out of the Cathedral, take a right from the entrance and take a right again at Storkyrkobrinken. The first sign of the Royal Palace will be this freezing guard, hahaha, if you go in the winter that is, lol :-)

    In the second picture you can see one of the lions that decorate the outside of the Palace at the northern entrance There are two huge lion statues and they are located at the north side of the Palace, towards the Riksdagshuset / Parliament building. The little hill is called Lejonbacken or translated "The Lions Hill". The lions were placed here in 1704.

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    The Royal Palace

    by sim1 Updated Mar 25, 2007

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    The palace is still in use by the Royal family (but more like an office than living quarters; the Royal "home" is at Drottningholm). I've only visited parts of the Royal Palace so far, I took a guided tour of the Royal apartments, which includes the State Apartments, The Guest Apartments, The Bernadotte Apartments, The Hall of State and The Apartments of the Orders of Chivalry. I had a really great time here. The Palace was a 'palace' as you might expect it. I really loved the way the guide showed us around. We heard some 'important' facts about the palace, told with a smile in a joking way, hahaha, making the tour a great thing to do. Did you know for example that the palace has ONE more room than Buckingham Palace, lol ;-) But my best memories of the visit to the palace is of the room "Festvåningen", it is really beautiful! It is the largest room in the palace and it has exquisite furniture and wall decorations.

    There are several of opportunities each day, during opening hours, to take part in the regular guided tours of the palace (included in the admission price). These tours cannot be booked in advance. It is best to check the website of the Royal Palace to find out about the times of the tours. There are tours held in Swedish and in English.

    Opening hours of the Royal Apartments in 2007:
    1 Feb - 14 May: Tuesday - Sunday 12:00 - 15:00
    15 May - 31 May: Daily 10:00 - 16:00
    1 June - 31 Aug: Daily 10:00 - 17:00
    16 Aug - 31 Aug: Daily 10:00 - 16:00
    1 Sep - 30 Dec: Tuesday - Sunday 12:00 - 15:00
    2 Jan - 6 Jan: Tuesday - Sunday 12:00 - 15:00
    7 Jan - 31 Jan: closed

    NB : The Royal Apartments are liable to be closed due to state visits and official receptions.

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    ROYAL PALACE [waterside] -1

    by balhannah Written Feb 4, 2012

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    The Royal Palace is a huge complex, so I will cover it over several tip's.

    First, it is the home of His Majesty The King, and also a place of work for the King and the Queen.
    It's where monarchy's official receptions are held, and is also open to the public, making this an unique Royal Palace.

    The palace, built in baroque style, is formed as a Roman palace and has more than 600 rooms divided between seven floors, with a state apartment facing the city and smaller living rooms facing the inner courtyard.

    When I first came upon the Palace I was walking along the water front. Here, there was a high wall with statue's and some flower's, so I went up the step's to see what I could see. A nice gate, a view of the Palace, and the Palace guard.
    I couldn't say I was at all impressed with the guard, very sloppy and wouldn't pass in most countries!

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    THE ROYAL PALACE - 2

    by balhannah Updated Feb 5, 2012

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    Walking up the hill from the Royal Armoury, we came to another Palace guard standing at the entrance way to the Royal Palace.

    The palace was built on the foundation's of the medieval castle - Tre Kronor (Three Crowns), dating back to the mid 13th century which was destroyed by fire.

    It took 57 year's to build the new Palace, and no wonder!
    It has 1430 rooms, 660 with windows and is one of the largest royal palaces in the world still in use for its original purpose.
    I thought the way it's set out is interesting. The palace consists of four rows: western, southern, eastern, and northern, each represent's something different. The southern facade represents the nation, the west facade represents the king, the east facade represents the queen, and the northern facade represents the common royal. These four rows surround the inner courtyard.

    The Royal Apartments are said to be magnificent, ranging in style from baroque to rococo to Gustavian neo-classisism, like the Pillar Hall, and on to the eclectic styles of the 19th century.
    We didn't do a tour, as we wanted to see the changing of the guard's, and you had to buy a time-slot.

    Entrance tickets are sold at the Ticket & Information office in the Outer Courtyard during regular opening hours.
    Tickets are also sold at the entrance to the Treasury and the Tre Kronor Museum.

    OPEN.....
    15 May–16 September: Daily 10:00–5PM
    17 September–14 May: Tuesday–Sunday 12:00–4PM

    ADMISSION IN 2011.....
    Adults SEK 150
    Children 7–18 years old and students SEK 75
    Free entrance for children under 7 years of age in the company of a guardian.
    Includes visit to the Royal Apartments, the Treasury and the Tre Kronor Museum within seven days.
    From 15 May to 16 September, Gustav III's Museum of Antiquities is also included.

    The guided tour takes approx 45 minutes. To follow a guided tour simply buy your entrance ticket and meet at the designated time and place for the start of the tour.

    Excellent value!

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