♔ Swedish Crown Palaces: Strömsholm Palace
Strömsholm Palace is located on an island in the Kolbäcksån river at the west end of Lake Mälaren.
The current Strömsholm Palace was built in 1674 on the foundations of a previous fortress from the 1500’s that was ordered by King Gustav Vasa
Over 100 years later NIcodemus Tessin the Elder was commissioned to build a new palace for Queen Hedvig Eleonora on Strömsholm in the French Baroque style. He used the foundations of the previous fortress with its four square corner towers to build the new palace.
The palace and around 20 estate buildings were erected from 1669-1974. For some reason work on the interior was put to a halt until the 1730’s when they were finally completed by Swedish architect Carl Hårleman in the Gustavian style.
Now the palace is one of the best examples of Gustavian Interiors it also houses an important collection of Swedish paintings from the 17th century.
Since the 16th century, Strömsholm has been an equestrian centre of Sweden. In the 1550s, King Gustav Vasa reinforced the importance of horses here, by raising horses for Sweden´s army. The Strömsholm Riding School was a part of the Swedish Army from 1868 to 1968. Today, Strömsholm is used as a hippodrome, where equestrian competitions are held each year.
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