Venngarn Castle

Sigtuna, Sweden

The history of Venngarn manor dates to the 12th century. After several owners it was acquired by crown in 1555. Gustav II Adolphus donated Venngarn to Franz von Thurn Berendt and his son sold it to Magnus Gabriel De la Gardie in 1653. The late 17th century was a golden age for Venngarn castle. The present castle was built mainly in 1670 by the architect Jean de la Vallée.

As a chancellor and the leader in Charles XI's regency, De la Gardie was Sweden's most important politicians. Unfortunately for him, due the king's reduction De la Gardie had to return Venngarn later to the crown. Since 1686 the state of Sweden has leased Venngarn castle for several families and purposes. In 1916 a central government institution for alcoholism treatment was established at Venngarn. In 1997 it was sold to its current owners, Wenngarn AB.

There is also a notable chapel in the castle. When the crown took Venngarn 1686, the chapel was completely untouched. None have been added and only a few details have been lost since then. Thus, the chapel one of the country's best preserved church from the Age of Greatness. It was prepared by the De la Gardie, and presumably he also has hired Jean de la Vallee as an architect.

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Venngarn 101, Sigtuna, Sweden
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Founded: 1670
Category: Castles and fortifications in Sweden
Historical period: Swedish Empire (Sweden)

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Farshad Zamani Rad (11 months ago)
Was really a beautiful place outside of the castle as it was closed although google said it should be open.
Matthias A. Villarreal Ferrer (13 months ago)
A very nice place and parc where you can organize your party or reception.
Yann Caffa (14 months ago)
Halloween there was just awesome... A castle with barock characters and a lot of history...
Eric A.L. Axner (16 months ago)
A rather small yet amicable baroque castle. The chapel is very well preserved from that time.
Wasif Adnan (23 months ago)
Beautiful, esp in Winters
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