Yesterday me and my fianceé visited Skokloster castle, ca 65 km from Stockholm, by lake Mälaren. The castle is beautifully situated on the waterfront and the roads leading up to the castle are surrounded by old farms and crofts – a treat in it self. The castle is mainly built during the years 1654-1676 by Carl Gustaf Wrangel, but the work never really ends on building such as this.
The castle is more or less built upon an earlier Cistercian nunnery convent, Sko kloster, which gave named the castle. The monastery was founded in the 1230s, not much is left of the nunnery but the Abbey is situated just next to the castle and the there is the Stone house. The church was consecrated in the 1280s, it has been rebuilt several times and its present appearance came during a renovation in the 1620s.
The Stone house is a big stone house just next to the castle, its oldest parts are from the 14th century, in form of a basment. The house has since been extended and changed several times and today’s appearance is from the 1740s when Erik Brahe built out and rebuild the house .
Around the castle is a park, in the French style, which is lined with impressive avenues.
The avenue trees are old, crocked and bent, as you can see in these pictures.
The castle and the church is open for visitors, I will return with pictures of the interior in a coming post.