Royal Palace, West façade, Stockholm
Kungliga Slottet, the Royal Palace of Stockholm, is one of northern Europe's most magnificent palaces. Every day during summertime crowds gather at the palace's outer courtyard to witness the change of the guards. Stockholm Palace is located on Stadsholmen ("city island"), in Gamla Stan (the old town) in the capital, Stockholm. It neighbours the Riksdag building and Stockholm Cathedral.
Event though the Drottningholm Palace is now the official residence of the royal family, the Royal Palace is still used for official banquets and meetings with foreign dignitaries.
The Tre Kronor Castle
A defensive stronghold with a watchtower stood at this site as early as in the 10th or 11th century. Under the rule of Birger Jarl, legendary founder of Stockholm, the structure evolved into a castle in the 13th century.
During the 16th century, when a large tower was built, it became known as the Tre Kronor castle, named after three golden crowns that decorated the tower. The following decades, during the reign of John III, the castle was converted into a royal Renaissance style residence.
The castle was remodeled again in the mid 17th century, with the reconstruction of the north wing after a Baroque design by Nicodemus Tessin the Younger. This wing was the only part standing after a fire in 1697 reduced much of the castle to rubble.
The Present Palace
Soon after the destruction of the Tre Kronor Castle, Nicodemus Tessin the Younger started drawing up plans for the new palace, and that same year the restoration of the north wing started while the ruins of the castle were cleared.
But shortly after the construction of the new Royal Palace had started, the Great Northern War broke out and by 1907 the cost of the war had taken such a toll on the royal finances that construction of the new palace was halted.
Work only resumed in 1727, one year before the death of Nicodemus Tessin the Younger. He was succeeded by Carl Hårleman, who carried out Tessin's plans for the exterior, and built the interior in the new Rococo Style. The palace was finally completed in 1754, and Adolf Frederick was the first king to move in.
Nicodemus Tessin the Younger built the Royal Palace around a rectangular courtyard. The exterior was designed in a Baroque style with High Renaissance elements.
On the east side is a small terraced garden, the Logården; the west side is entered via an outer courtyard surrounded by a semicircular colonnade. This is where the daily ceremony for the Change of the Guards takes place.
The south façade, bordering Slottsbacken, has a monumental entrance gate decorated with colossal Corinthian columns and large statues set in niches. The north façade is still the original from the 17th century; its design was inspired by the Farnese Palace in Rome. (Source: aviewoncities/Stockholm & wikipedia)
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ifege (10719) 2012-05-10 1:09
Hi George a good architectural photo of this ornately finished palace. Good idea including the row of artillery pieces.
amaryllis (37039) 2012-05-10 1:15
ce parvis pavé me fait penser à la cour des Invalides avec les canons; un monument d'une beauté architecturale remarquable, une belle lumière et un cadrage et premier plan bien assurés
mohammad_H (10058) 2012-05-10 2:08
نمایش بسیار زیبا از جنگ افزارهای قدیمی
نمای جذاب ساختما با تزئین نقوش برجسته و شمایل قشنگ
وضوح و رنگ بسیار مناسب
مدیریت نور عالی
عکس در یک قالب قشنگ
روز خوبی داشته باشید
Very nice display of old weapons
Attractive building facades with relief decoration and beautiful icon
Very good resolution and color
Excellent light management
Images in a nice format
Have a nice day
lakshmip1949 (19081) 2012-05-10 2:25
A beautiful capture of this facade of the Royal Palace in diagonal view. This tightly framed monument has lots of architectural details. Nice animation by the people. The old weapons are nicely placed on the South side entrance. The colors are very attractive in this high quality image.
Royaldevon (41857) 2012-05-10 2:30
Good Morning George,
Your photograph has all the pomp that you would associate with a royal palace, with the cannons symbolically guarding in a wonderfully regimented way.
The lines in the cobbles and the diminishing cannons creates great leads and a good sense of perspective.
A great dof maintains sharp details throughout.
Have a great day,
timecapturer (49288) 2012-05-10 3:24
a superb composition, that just entices you along the diagonal to the wonderful architectural elegance beyond. Irresistable lines and lights here that intrigue and attract. Outstanding image!
Warm regards - Brian.
jlbrthnn (76039) 2012-05-10 3:33
Beautiful show of force, although it is now obsolete. The view is cleverly chosen. Excellent sharpness and depth, light and color. Bravo.
Have a nice day
ChrisJ (117199) 2012-05-10 4:07
Good repetition of the grey cannons & their alignment on a diagonal axis adds dynamism. The people in the bg add scale & context. I also like the repetition of the columns & statues on the 3 level bg building. Good sharpness & color. Tfs!
Sergiom (86105) 2012-05-10 5:48
J'aime beaucoup cette belle perspective sur la palais. L'alignement des canons donne de la profondeur à l'image qui jouit d'une lumière parfaite.
npecanhuk (76985) 2012-05-10 5:51
Lively and interesting urban environmet!
Very attractive picture!
Sharpness, expsosure, colors, chosen pov, vertical format, black & whtie borders and composition really pleased me!
TFS - congrats,
JFS (32459) 2012-05-10 10:10
Very impressing façade and the canyons helps to give it more importance. Excellent POV, as always. Nice shot full of light and life.
Cricri (123796) 2012-05-10 11:07
Bon choix de cadrage et de perspective vers le château, une architecture magnifique baignant sous une belle lumière, belle réalisation
Schnappilic (9692) 2012-05-10 12:38
Good presentation of the Royal Palace. Composition, sharpness and colors are perfect. Congratulations!
All the best,
La_Tulipe (2798) 2012-05-10 13:46
Une très belle image qui nous fait découvrir , dans une belle diagonale la façade du Royal Palace . Tu as bien fait d'intégrer l'artilerie à l'avant plan !
chrisvek (7001) 2012-05-10 16:27
Great composition on this perfect shoot.Very nice background with architectural details.Very nice lightning and POV.Great result.
Have a nice day
jjcordier (79297) 2012-05-10 22:14
Joli cadrage vertical de ce palais royal sous une excellente lumière; J'aime la composition en deux plans avec l'alignement de canons en bas et celle des fenêtres de la façade en bas.
vasilpro (41661) 2012-05-10 23:30
Wonderful composition, excellent POV, lovely light and colors, very good clarity and sharpness, interesting details from the facade of Royal Palace, TfS!
Have a nice day, Vasilis.
emka (104268) 2012-05-10 23:53
The Royal Palace looks great here. You found the way to show its best sides. Fine composition with the row of guns providing depth to the image and some colour. Beautiful facade. Excellent shot.
Warm regards M.
siamesa (28123) 2012-05-11 0:56
Bom dia George
Very beautiful façade of this palace. The weapon in front of it make an impressive effect in this composition.The architecture is very beautifil.
dkmurphys (62903) 2012-05-11 2:41
Very nice place. I remember it very well but I was on a snow storm:P Well catch, enjoy the day.
Silvio1953 (150363) 2012-05-11 9:49
Ciao George, great POV on fantastic palace, lovely parade of cannons, splendid light, excellent clarity and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
francio64 (39888) 2012-05-18 0:55
bella la facciata del Palazzo Reale in una scena arricchita dall'inserimento dei cannoni che danno profondità all'immagine e dai turisti che animano la scena.
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-07-18
- Categories: Castles, Daily Life, Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Canon Ixus 50
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/800 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-05-10 0:58