Gävle Castle

Gävle, Sweden

Gävle Castle is the northest one of so-called Vasa castles, built by Gustav Vasa of Sweden or his sons. The construction started in 1583 by the religious King John III of Sweden. The design was made by Willem Boy and the center of castle was a chapel. The castle was completed in 1597, five years after John's death.

In 1727 the chapel and the top floor were destroyed by fire. Gävle castle stayed damaged until 1741, when it was agreed to rebuilt. The current appearance dates from the design made by Carl Hårleman. In 1754 the reconstruction was complete.

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Founded: 1583-1597
Category: Castles and fortifications in Sweden
Historical period: Early Vasa Era (Sweden)

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www.sfv.se
en.wikipedia.org

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Maria Haider (12 months ago)
The architecture was simple just like Sweden. They are not into lavish and over the top architecture, that is what my experience tells me.
Goran A. (14 months ago)
Historic, beautiful, grandiose. Symbol of Gävle that is very beautiful even though it seems like it has a simple shape.
Maria Björk (2 years ago)
Fun! The daughter sang and fun to be there
Lars E. Svedell (3 years ago)
Worked there today. Heavy. Pooh ......
Stephen Burt (3 years ago)
Must be one of Europe's least impressive castles.
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