Stockholm is the capital of Sweden and the most populous city in the Nordic countries; 960,031 people live in the municipality, approximately 1.5 million in the urban area, and 2.3 million in the metropolitan area.
The city stretches across fourteen islands where Lake Mälaren flows into the Baltic Sea. After the Ice Age, around 8,000 BC, there were already many people living in what is today the Stockholm area, but as temperatures dropped, inhabitants moved south.
Thousands of years later, as the ground thawed, the climate became tolerable and the lands became fertile, people began to migrate back to the North. At the intersection of the Baltic Sea and lake Mälaren is an archipelago site where the Old Town of Stockholm was first built from about 1000 CE by Vikings.
They had a positive trade impact on the area because of the trade routes they created. The name Stockholm comes from the words stock meaning “log” and holm meaning “islet.” No one seems to know exactly how the town got its tag; one account claims that Vikings trying to determine the location of their new settlement used a log bound with gold, while others point to the masses of logs driven into the waters near Old Town. For more information about this article, you can lick here.
A Visit to The Royal Palace of Stockholm
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 eleven floors with a state apartment facing the city and smaller living rooms facing the inner courtyard.
The Baroque-era Royal Palace on the Old Town island has more than 600 rooms spread across seven floors and a daily Changing of the Guard at 12:15 p.m. (1:15 p.m. on Sundays).
The National Property of Board of Sweden is now undertaking a great restoration project to protect and preserve the palace facade for future generations.Restoration of the palace facade which will take 25 years.
Inside the Palace:
The Hall of the Order of the Polar Star:
The Royal Order of the Seraphim:
The Hall of the Order of the Sword:
Order of Vasa:
Sofia Magdalena Bedchamber:
Lovisa Ulrika’s Dining Hall:
Lovisa Ulrika’s Audience Chamber:
Inner Saloon and Inner Bedchamber:
The Empire Salon:
The Don Quixote Room:
Car XVI Gustaf’s Jubilee Room:
Hall of State:
Gustav III Audience Chamber and State Chamber
Karl XI’s Gallery:
The Great Bed Chamber:
Bernadotte Gallery :
The portrait collection depicting members of the Bernadotte dynasty has been housed since the 1920’s; hence the name of both Gallery itself and apartments.
The Guard Room:
The West Octagonal Cabinet:
The East Octagonal Cabinet
The West Stairwell:
The Apartments of the Orders of Chivalry. The Halls were opened to the general public in 1993. The apartments house an exhibition relating to the Swedish Award System and the Royal Orders of Knighthood. The rooms were taken in use in 1775 as meeting rooms for the Council of State 1755-89.
Gala banquets are held during state visits, and three or four official dinners take place each year in Karl XI’s Gallery.
All the Swedish glasses were made at the Kungsholmen glassworks in Stockholm, which operated between 1676 and 1815.
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