Drottningholm Royal Estate – the finest example of a European royal residence, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Sweden

Baku, September 10, AZERTAC

The royal estate of Drottningholm stands on an island in Lake Mälaren on the outskirts of Stockholm, Sweden.

With its castle, its theater (built in 1766), its Chinese pavilion and its perfectly preserved gardens, it is the finest example of a northern European royal residence of the 18th century inspired by the Palace of Versailles.

It was designed by Nicodemus Tessin (1615–81) and built 1662–86. It shows French Baroque influences in its plan, gardens and interior, but it also features Italian classical elements and is topped with a Nordic sateri roof.

A theater attached to it was built in the 1760s and is preserved with its original sets and stage machinery as a theater museum. The palace was once the summer residence of the Swedish royal family.

As the current home of the Swedish royal family, Drottningholm maintains cultural continuity with the site’s original purpose.

The interiors reflect Sweden’s ambitions as one of the most powerful nations in 17th century Europe, both culturally and politically. Renowned Swedish architects have collaborated with the best craftsmen in Europe to create a unique set of buildings with rich and sumptuous interiors.

The Palace Theater is the only surviving 18th century theater where the original machinery is still regularly used and the original sets are retained.

The Chinese pavilion with its incomparable combination of architecture, interior decoration and collections is preserved and is a symbol of 18th century contacts between Europe and Asia.

The Royal Estate of Drottningholm has been an intercultural meeting place for centuries, from its construction by architects and workers of different nationalities to today’s theatrical and tourist activities. For centuries the Drottningholm area has been used for summer fun and recreation. Theatrical performances and the interest shown by visitors to Drottningholm maintain both this tradition and its function as the residence of the Swedish royal family.

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