Facts About Skokloster Castle
- Skokloster Castle is a Swedish Baroque castle built between 1654 and 1676 by Carl Gustaf Wrangel.
- Skokloster Castle is located on a peninsula of Lake Mälaren between Stockholm and Uppsala.
- Skokloster Castle was designed mainly by architect Caspar Vogel, and other architects involved were Jean de la Vallée and Nicodemus Tessin the Elder.
- After the death of Count Wrangel in 1676 the castle was never fully completed. The banqueting hall still stands unfinished and many of the tools used in building the house remain.
- The much-needed renovation that was made in the 1970s by architect Ove Hidemark constitutes a benchmark in Swedish conservation techniques.
- Skokloster’s castle was built entirely in brick tile on a ground of gray stone.
- The armory contains the largest collection of personal 17th-century military weapons in the world. Mostly muskets and pistols, but also swords – including Japanese samurai swords – small cannons, pikes and crossbows.