Knights' House, Stockholm
Riddarhuset - the Knights' House or House of the Nobility - is one of Stockholm's most beautiful buildings. The 17th century Baroque house was the main meeting place for the nobility.
For almost two centuries noblemen gathered here to take political decisions. After the abolition of the Estates and the creation of a parliament in 1866 the nobility lost its political power but even today representatives of the Swedish nobility meet here once every three years to discuss the activities of the Riddarhuset institutions.
In the mid 17th century count Axel Oxenstierna, Lord High Chancellor of Sweden, commissioned the construction of the Riddarhuset. Construction started in 1641 after a design by Simon de la Vallée, but the architect died shortly after and he was later succeeded by his son Jean de La Vallée. The design of the beautiful façade with red bricks and sandstone pediments is attributed to the Dutch architect Justus Vingboons. The two pavilions at the north side of the Riddarhuset were built later, in 1870. Sculptures of Mars, the god of war and Minerva, goddess of wisdom rest above the north entrance of the Riddarhuset. The roof of the building is decorated with several allegorical statues.
Coats of Arms
The interior of the Riddarhuset is as impressive as its exterior. A monumental staircase leads to the Riddarhusalen, the great hall. In this hall hang some 2330 copper plates with the coats of arms of all the noble families that have been represented at the Riddarhuset.
Stockholm is the capital and the largest city of Sweden. It is the site of the national Swedish government, the Riksdag (parliament), and the official residence of the Swedish monarch as well as the prime minister. Since 1980, the monarch has resided at Drottningholm Palace outside of Stockholm and uses the Royal Palace of Stockholm as his workplace and official residence. As of 2009, the Stockholm metropolitan area is home to approximately 22% of Sweden's population, and contributes 28% of Sweden's gross domestic product. Stockholm is the most populous city in Sweden with a population of 829,417 in the municipality (2009), 1.25 million in the urban area (2005), and 2 million in the metropolitan area (2009).
Founded circa 1250, Stockholm has long been one of Sweden's cultural, media, political, and economic centres. Its strategic location on 14 islands on the south-central east coast of Sweden at the mouth of Lake Mälaren, by the Stockholm archipelago, has been historically important. Stockholm has been nominated by GaWC as a global city, with a ranking of Alpha-.In The 2008 Global Cities Index, Stockholm ranked 24th in the world, 10th in Europe, and first in Scandinavia. Stockholm is known for its beauty, its buildings and architecture, its abundant open water and many parks. It is sometimes referred to as Venice of the North. Stockholm is the second most visited city in the Nordic countries, with around one million visitors in 2006. (Source: aviewoncities/Stockholm)
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mohammad_H (9920) 2012-05-11 2:39
نمایش فوق العاده از کاج تزئینی زیبا و معماری با طراحی و شمایل جذاب
اسمان ابی در پس زمینه به ان جلوه داده
وضوح خوب و مدیریت نور و رنگ
کار بسیار خوب
Wonderful views of beautiful pine decorative and architectural design and attractive layout
It has a magnificent blue sky background
Good clarity and color and light management
Very good work
ChrisJ (114799) 2012-05-11 2:43
I like the repetition of the green triangular shaped topiary trees. Good color, sharpness & nice warm cold colour contrasts between the orange and pink façade of the building at left, against the blue sky. Tfs!
lakshmip1949 (19081) 2012-05-11 3:00
A nice set of topiary trees in front of the Knight's house. The house itself looks beautiful with nice architecture. The blue sky makes a nice color contrast. A very sharp image with the great colors and light management.
jlbrthnn (76037) 2012-05-11 4:24
The Knights'house is well guarded by the trees that evoke medieval helmets. The view is right. Sharpness and depth are excellent. light and the colors are nice. Bravo.
Have a nice day
Sergiom (80856) 2012-05-11 5:40
J'aime beaucoup ce point de vue sur cette magnifique maison ainsi que le cadrage serré qui nous fait découvrir une très belle architecture. Les arbustes à l'avant plan ajoutent de très belles touches de couleur.
Royaldevon (39348) 2012-05-11 5:48
This has all your halmarks of sharpness and fine saturation. I like how you have the corner of the balustrated wall on the thirds point. You have achieved a good sense of perspective from the diminishing, conical trees.
I wonder if it would have been possible to correct the tilt on the house a little.
Have a lovely w/e,
Bluejeans (64251) 2012-05-11 11:09
Ola George ,
Ficou bem bonito estas árvores em V no primeiro plano com um tom de verde bem vivo , gostei dos detalhes de arquitetura da casa do rei , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
siudzi (34141) 2012-05-11 12:38
An interesting view of this amazing place with lots of great details. Like the way you composed it with superb attention on details, tones and light. Very well done.
Have a nice WE!
chrisvek (7001) 2012-05-11 14:42
Great shoot from wonderful Stockholm.Great saturation and perfect clarity!Very nice POV and superb framing.Nice result.Well done!
Have a nice weekend
Gigidusud (21151) 2012-05-11 14:43
Beautiful architecture with nice garden and splendid light.Bravo!
Have a nice WE.
emka (98936) 2012-05-11 23:29
Beautiful Baroque palace, I like here the conical trees around it. very nice composition with many diagonal lines.
have a nice weekend
Graal (102930) 2012-05-12 0:44
Jó napot George,
amazing geometric forms of plants on FG. Nice place. Image is well composed. Good details and informations.
Have a nice day.
dkmurphys (59305) 2012-05-12 8:50
I like the angle for captureing this impressive building with the charming little park in front of it. Well done, have a nice day.
siamesa (28121) 2012-05-13 2:17
Bom dia George
Very nice format of these trees. They make a lovely effect in front of this house. Perfect exposure.
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-07-22
- Categories: Castles, Daily Life, Nature, Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Canon Ixus 50
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-05-11 0:45