Erstavik estate was first mentioned in 1356 when it was given to Bengt Larsson. It was acquired by Petersen family in the 18th century and his descendants still own the castle. In the Great Northern War 1719 Russian fleet persecuted also Erstavik and several farms were burned down. The current main building is designed by Jean Eric Rehn and it was build in the 1760s. The three-storey house includes an chapel and two wings. interior is well-preserved sample of Rococo and Gustavian style.



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Founded: 1760s
Category: Castles and fortifications in Sweden
Historical period: The Age of Liberty (Sweden)

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