The House of Nobility, Stockholm

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    Riddarhuset

    by sim1 Updated Nov 11, 2007

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    Between the Gamla Stan and the island of Riddarholmen you can admire the beautiful and historic "Riddarhuset". The Riddarhuset, translated as "The House of Nobility" or sometimes as the "House of Knights", was build from 1641 to 1674 in a Dutch classicism style. In 1870 two wings were added to the building. Responsible for the architecture is not just one, but no less then four architects: Simon de la Vallée (1641-1642), Heinrich Wilhelm (1645-1652), Joost Vingboons (1653-1656) and Jean de la Vallée (1656-1672). The palace was a center for parliamentary assemblies and administration by the superior state. Some call the Riddarhuset the "most exquisite works of architecture in northern Europe". I am not sure if I agree with that, but I have to agree that it is a nice building to look at, especially the details on the roof.

    The palace still belongs to the Swedish nobility and can be visited. Due to the limited opening hours, weekdays 11.30 - 12.30, I've unfortunately haven't been able to take a look inside. So plan carefully so you won't miss out on a visit here! It might be worth while; the walls of the Session Hall for example, are decorated with 2325 escutcheons of the Swedish aristocracy.

    In front of the Riddarhuset you can see the statue of Gustav II Adolph (photo 3) and in the the facade you can see the Latin inscription "Claris Maiorum Exemplis" which means "After the clear example of the forefathers"

    Entrance fee: 50 SEK, 25 SEK for students and 65+

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    Riddarhuset

    by Sjalen Updated Jul 29, 2006

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    The House of Nobility is the house where the noblesse gather. There are no nobles as such in Sweden anymore but their families still exist of course and here you can still see all their heraldry. The building is from 1641-74 and was built so that the nobles had somewhere for parliamentary meetings. It is a nice mix between the styles of the four architects involved, so you will see a typical Swedish mansion roof on an otherwise quite Dutch palace. In 1866, the last nobility parliament meeting was held, and now they instead meet for ordinary meetings once every third year. In the 18th century, the palace was often used for concerts with the famous Swedish composer Roman, and still today there is music now and again. You can visit the palace just before lunch on weekdays (when you can also shop various European nobility calendars and other things). Otherwise, only the library is open mornings to those wishing to research their family.

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    The house of nobility

    by Rojo72 Written Jul 3, 2005

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    The house of nobility

    The house of nobility is a large house in the old town, just next to the Riddarholmen island. It's a 17th century building and it was the place where the nobility held it's sessions during the days of the old parliament with 4 different bodies, the Nobility, the burghers, the clergy and the farmers.

    In the 1860's that parliament was succeeded by the two-chamber parliament that was in use until around 1970 when our present day one chamber parliament was introduced.

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    Riddar Huset - The House of Nobility.

    by Pakistaniguy Written Feb 25, 2003

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    The house of Nobility - Stockholm

    It is one of my Top 5 most beautiful old buildings of Stockholm. It was used as a Administration building for assembly sessions and other administrative ctivities.

    For More Pictures please have a look inside travelogue of RiddarHuset on my Stockholm Page.

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    Riddar Huset

    by Pakistaniguy Written Feb 25, 2003

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    The house of Nobility.

    In English it is called as ''The House of Nobility''. It was constructed between the era of 1641 to 1674. Please click on the picture and read more about this place. It is soemthign really must see !!!

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    Riddarhuset - the Knights' Room

    by yooperprof Written Jan 11, 2004
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    On the walls of the Noble's Chamber are some 2,320 Coats of Arms, most of which are still in use. Another treasure here is the sculpted chairs - carved from ebony - which sits behind the blue table.

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