Skokloster Castle, Skokloster

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Skokloster Castle is located on Lake Mälaren between Stockholm and Uppsala. It was built in the Baroque style between 1654 and 1676 by the wealthy military commander count Carl Gustaf Wrangel. The castle was designed mainly by architect Caspar Vogel, but other architects involved were Jean de la Vallée and Nicodemus Tessin the Elder. When Wrangel died, the castle passed into the hands of the Brahe family. In 1967 the castle and its contents were sold by the family to the Swedish government; the family still resides in the vicinity.The castle is a monument to the Swedish Age of Greatness, a period in the middle of the 17th century when Sweden expanded to became one of the major powers in Europe. The death of Wrangel in 1676 meant that the castle was never truly completed. The Brahe family who inherited the castle after Wrangel's death, had their own family castles and did not complete the interiors. Thus the large banqueting hall remains largely in the same condition as the builders left it in the summer of 1676. It is now called the Unfinished Hall. Skokloster Castle is the only building in Europe with a complete 17th-century building site of equal authenticity. Alongside the Unfinished Hall there are a number of other related items from the same period, as several hundred tools and about a dozen books on construction.The much needed renovation that was made in the 1970s by architect Ove Hidemark constitutes a benchmark in Swedish conservation techniques. Hidemark then used the same materials and building techniques as used in the 17th century.
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  • August 18, 2017
    The biggest privately built Baroque castle in Sweden with many original furnishing from the 1600s. Entrance to many of the rooms is free and the guides in then, dressed in period costume are friendly,...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    Incredibly beautiful and well preserved. Recommend to join a guided tour. You get to see so much more of this great castle at that time.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Exhibition, April out in fairy-tale Castle. Clothing from Jane Austen's books made into films including pride and prejudice. So beautiful in this stunning natural environment. Perfect I'd say. Thank you picked ur own, the incredibly beautiful embroidered men's suits from the 1800 's. Feels like a beginning of more ... Too bad the books with the same theme was not in the shop. It has also other beautiful things in the same spirit.
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  • This place is totally cool! A magnificent baroque castle from the period when Sweden was a big power in Europe. Whole furnishing is still intact, with big library, armory and living quarters, and that is totally unique. A bit off if you don't have a car, but there are buses, and in the summer there is often regular tours by boat from Uppsala (and Sigtuna?)
  • Great enthuiastic guide and so much, well preserved artifacts from back in the day.
  • Historic mansion-castle from 1600-1700s. Old furniture and paintings, great weapon collection from 1700s. Where else can you find an unfinished building site from 1700s?
  • I adore this place. Exterior is beautiful with a peaceful surrounding. Interior is fantastic with many original furniture and paintings. Not so far away from Stockholm. I strongly recommend to those who have an interest especially in baroque style.
  • Wonderful castle with a nice view.

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