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Chinese Pavilion, Drottningholm Garden

Drottningholm Palace, the official residence of the Swedish royal family, was built in the 17th century as a Baroque summer palace. It is one of the most magnificent palaces in northern Europe, famous for its unique Court Theater and Chinese pavilions.

The Chinese Pavilion

The most interesting building in the gardens is the Kina Slott (Chinese Palace). In 1753, at her 33rd birthday, queen Louisa Ulrika received a wooden Chinese pavilion as a birthday gift from her husband, king Adolf Frederick. It was secretly constructed in Stockholm and transported in pieces to Drottningholm, where it was reconstructed. Ten years later the fragile wooden pavilion was replaced by the current group of four small pavilions, magnificently designed by Carl Fredrik Adelcrantz in rococo style with elements that were considered typically Chinese. At the time Europe's royal families were intrigued by Chinese culture and almost all royal pleasure castles had a Chinese pavilion.

Drottningholm

The palace stands on the island of Lovön on the banks of Lake Mälaren. A boat trip brings visitors in about 50 minutes from Stockholm's city center at Stadshuset to the royal domain of Drottningholm. (Source: aviewoncities/Stockholm & Drottningholm)

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