View to the Drottningholm Palace
The Drottningholm Palace (Swedish: Drottningholms slott) is the private residence of the Swedish royal family. It is located in Drottningholm. It is built on the island Lovön (in Ekerö Municipality of Stockholm County), and is one of Sweden's Royal Palaces. It was originally built in the late 16th century. It served as a residence of the Swedish royal court for most of the 18th century. Apart from being the private residence of the Swedish royal family, the palace is a popular tourist attraction.
The name Drottningholm (literally meaning "Queen's islet") came from the original renaissance building designed by Willem Boy, a stone palace built by John III of Sweden in 1580 for his queen, Catherine Jagellon. This palace was preceded by a royal mansion called Torvesund.
The Queen Dowager Regent Hedwig Eleonora bought the castle in 1661, a year after her role as Queen of Sweden ended, but it burnt to the ground on 30 December that same year. Hedwig hired the famous Swedish architect Nicodemus Tessin the Elder to design and rebuild the castle. In 1662, work began on the reconstruction of the building. With the castle almost complete, Nicodemus died in 1681. His son Nicodemus Tessin the Younger continued his work and completed the elaborate interior designs.
During the period of the reconstruction, Hedwig was head of the protectorate for the still-underage King, Charles XI of Sweden, from 1660 to 1672. Sweden had grown to be a powerful country after the Peace of Westphalia. The position of the queen, essentially the ruler of Sweden, demanded an impressive residence located conveniently close to Stockholm.
During the reign of the kings Charles XI of Sweden and Charles XII of Sweden, the royal court was often present at the palace; Charles XI of Sweden went there to hunt, and after 1700, Hedwig Eleonora again hosted the royal court during the absence of Charles XII of Sweden under the Great Northern War (1700–1721).
Drottningholm served regularly as a residence for the royal court from ca 1720 until 1792. After the death of Hedvig Eleonora in 1715, Queen Ulrika Eleonora of Sweden and King Frederick I of Sweden held court at the palace until 1744.
The palace was given as a gift to the then Crown Princess, later Queen of Sweden, Louisa Ulrika of Prussia in 1744 when she married Adolf Frederick of Sweden, who became King of Sweden in 1751. During Louisa's ownership of Drottningholm the interior of the palace was transformed in a more sophisticated French rococo style. Louisa was also responsible for having the Drottningholm Palace Theatre rebuilt in a grand style after the more modest original building burnt down in 1762. Louisa Ulrika and her spouse continued to reside at the palace during their regin (1751–1771). In 1777, Louisa sold Drottningholm to the Swedish state.
For much of the 19th century, the palace was ignored and started to decay. During the reign of Charles XIV John of Sweden (reign 1818–1844), the palace was abandoned. The king regarded it as a symbol of the old dynasty, and Drottningholm was left to decay. The buildings were severely damaged by the forces of nature, and their inventories were either taken away or auctioned off.
It was apparently opened to the public for the first time during this period: a tour was mentioned in 1819, and people used the park for picnics. Occasionally, the grounds were used for public events, such as the name day of Josephine of Leuchtenberg, which was celebrated on the grounds in August from 1829 onward, or to receive foreign guests, such Josephine herself when she first arrived to Sweden in 1823, and Tsar Nicholas I of Russia.
Both Oscar I and Oscar II were criticized for modernizing the palace and adjusting it to the fashion of the time rather than restoring it to its original state, and it was not until the reign of Gustav V that the palace and surroundings were reconstructed to their 18th-century appearance. In 1907, a major four-year restoration of the palace was begun to restore it to its former state, after which the royal court began to use it regularly again. (Source: wikipedia & Drottningholm)
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lousat (85018) 2012-03-27 2:10
Hi George,you caught very well the opportuniy offered by this fantastic sky! The example of the perfect postcard,magnificent place,magnificent light and the top of sharpness and colors..impossible to make better! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
timecapturer (49288) 2012-03-27 2:16
a wonderful POV and perspective here. An enticing composition full of beautiful colours and detail. Love the broad expanse of sky that gives the shot atmosphere and appeal.
Regards - Brian.
ChrisJ (107149) 2012-03-27 2:39
Excellent use of diminishing linear perspective & with the Drottningholm Palace appropriaytely placed on the vanishing point. The people add scale & context. Good sharpness & color contrasts, with the 'big sky' dominating. Tfs!
lakshmip1949 (19081) 2012-03-27 3:02
I like the way you have positioned the palace at the converging point of the path. The sky looks spectacular contrasting with the palace. The presence of people add scale to this beautiful palace. The colors, sharpness and lighting are fantastic.
jlbrthnn (76037) 2012-03-27 3:32
The cloudy sky enhances the attractive power of the composition. The photo is interesting, lively and good quality. Bravo.
Have a nice day
npecanhuk (72044) 2012-03-27 3:34
Magnificent building and gardens!
Very beautiful sky!
Very attractive picture!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, chosen pov, contrasts, horizontal format, black & white borders and symmetrical composition are all excellent features here!
TFS - congrats,
dta (73021) 2012-03-27 3:42
Hello Gyorgy ,
The pespective on this splendid castle is superb , and the choice to give a large part to the wonderful sky is excellent .
Sergiom (70616) 2012-03-27 5:59
Les haies de chaque côté de l'allée cadrent bien l'image et lui donne un bel effet de profondeur.Le palace est magnifique dans ce très beau ciel et les couleurs sont superbes.
dkmurphys (54485) 2012-03-27 6:29
Very beautiful postcard from the Royal palace. A superb place, well taken.
Have anice evening.
holmertz (47100) 2012-03-27 8:19
So now you left the city and moved to the suburbs. This is a classic view and you present it well with fine depth. The clouds are almost as impressive as the palace itself and you were wise to give the sky two thirds of the composition. Colours and sharpness are great as always.
vasilpro (41187) 2012-03-27 9:32
Wonderful composition, excellent POV and DOF, beautiful view to the Palace, interesting architecture, lovely light and colors, very good sharpness, very nice framework, TfS!
Cricri (113605) 2012-03-27 11:07
Superbe profondeur accentuer par les côtés vert, belle architecture du palais, un grand espace laisser a un ciel superbe
mesutilgim (90698) 2012-03-27 13:12
Hello dear George,
Just another topclass capture from Stockholm with perfect pov and layout.
Good idea to leave greater space for this wonderull and pohotogenic sky as background.
Perfect framing and as allways perfect notes.
TFS and best regards
ifege (10367) 2012-03-27 13:28
Hi George - never been there but I've listened to music recorded there. Good photo under a good sky.
TopGeo (38216) 2012-03-27 14:14
Hello George! Beautiful place, great landscape photo, with an impressive "touch" of architecture! Great POV, framing and composition, Faultlessly light management, wonderful colours! Very impressive photo, perfect in any aspect! Excellent perspective, fantastic "lead in" architecture BG with perspective! Great composition and framing, excellent light management, wonderful colours, impressive sky!
prasun984 (5590) 2012-03-27 14:50
very originale,nice and rare architecture with nice wide POV and the best moment to take so,with the perfect light for the best details and colors,excellent work,i like it!
Have a nice day and thanks,
siamesa (28105) 2012-03-27 14:56
Boa noite George
The sky is superb. Fantastic photo with an excellentdepth. Marvelous colors and a perfect sharpness.
mauro61 (52855) 2012-03-27 15:05
cielo grande protagonista con le sue nuvole e il suo azzurro.
Giornata di sole che regala una bella scena del Palazzo con la tanta gente a visitare i giardini.
Molto naturali i colori,
baddori (20069) 2012-03-27 22:54
Una palazzo storico ed un giardino che ricorda un po quello "italiano" un po barocco e quello raffinato "francese"
Questo è essenziale nelle maestosità in stile "svedese"
Graal (101108) 2012-03-27 23:57
Jó napot George,
very nice composition. Beautiful place. I like the perspective and architecture of palace. Good quality of photo and interesting informations.
Have a nice day.
abmdsudi (48769) 2012-03-28 8:44
Amazing shot, the cloudscape is most enchanting, complementing so superbly with the main interest. A neat clean shot indeed, lots of delicacy, so crispy throughout of this splendid image and lovely symmetry. Good scale proportions as well whiles those rows of lush green trees provide good natural framing. Glorious image and good infor notes as usual. Congrats
jjcordier (79289) 2012-03-28 9:01
Très beau ciel au dessus de ce beau palais. Une très bonne photo, joliment composée en plaçant le bâtiment au bon endroit et en donnant la part belle au ciel.
Gigidusud (18723) 2012-03-28 11:15
Beautiful architecture with nice colors.Great perspective and POV.The sky is fantastic!
Thanks for sharing.
Silvio1953 (133778) 2012-03-28 11:16
Ciao George, great perspective on fantastic palace, superb sky, excellent clarity, splendid light and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
macjake (63172) 2012-03-28 13:36
normally I would not like to leave so much sky up along the top regions, but this one looks great!
the skyling and clouds compliment, but do not seem to overpower the building.
I think its because of the long perspective lines on each side that draw us inwards right away
JFS (32459) 2012-03-28 21:38
SPECTACULAR!!! When I visited it it was raining...Thanks Geroge for such a great shot!
SWEETFREEDOM (24104) 2012-03-31 11:46
perfect simmetry. i like the great sky and of course the beautiful building. very good d.o.f.
COSTANTINO (61415) 2012-04-20 11:06
nice postcard of this magnificent place
your notes are very useful,
wonderful pov and perspective here
nice shot quality
have a nice week end
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-07-21
- Categories: Castles, Daily Life, Nature, Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Canon Ixus 50
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1250 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-03-27 2:00