The Royal Palace in Stockholm is a suitably grand setting for a monarchy with pretensions to rule the Baltic and northern Europe.
Built on the site of an older fortress called the Three Crowns, the current Palace is actually its second incarnation as the first building was destroyed by a fire in 1697. The current version was designed by Count Nicodemus Tessin (the Younger), an able Baroque architect and city planner, and took the best part of 50 years to complete in brick and sandstone. Much of the surrounding city was also re-laid as moats and the like were filled in.
The Palace is still in use today as the official residence of the Swedish monarchy and houses significant museum collections, including the Livrustkammaren, or Royal Armoury within its 609 rooms. This is the oldest museum in Sweden, established by the great Gustavus Adolphus in 1628 when he decided to keep and display his equipment from his Polish campaigns. The various departments of the royal court and household are also still based in the palace, as are the Hogvakten, the Royal Guard of the Svea Livgarde (Lifeguards), who have been a part of Palace life since the 1750s.
- Level 6
- 8 Turns to Build
- 10000 Coin