The fairytale like castle of Gripsholm was built in 1537 by Gustav Vasa. Rooms have been preserved from this period. In the 17th century Hedvig Eleonora made significant additions to the castle and in the 18th century in one of the round towers a theatre was built. In its life it has been a home, a monastery, a Royal residence and today as a showcase of Swedish interior design from the 16th to 19th century. There are over 200 rooms in the castle which also now holds the Swedish State Portrait collection. My description, written in my photo album, on seeing them was “hundreds of pictures – most of them ugly.”
The gun at Gripsholm castle was captured from the Russians at the end of the 16th century but I have been unable to find out more of the story behind this.
Gripsholm castle sits on the edge of Lake Malaren some 60 kms west of Stockholm looking over the small town of Mariefred in Sodermanland Sweden.
In response to Paula’s prompt