Thursday, 19 December 2019

December 19 - Thursday

Interiors from Sofiero Palace,
Helsingborg (Skåne, Sweden)

Sofiero used to be one of the Swedish royal family's country mansions. It was built in the mid 1860s for Crown Prince Oscar and his wife Sophia. In 1905, they gave it as a wedding gift to their grandson Gustav Adolf when he married his first wife, Margareta from England. They had five children together before she died in 1920. In 1923, Gustav Adolf got married again, to Lady Louise Mountbatten from England. In 1950, he became King of Sweden (Gustav VI Adolf). He still liked to spend the summers at Sofiero, until his death in 1973. But when he died, he left the palace and park to the city of Helsingborg to be enjoyed by the general public. 

Image of the palace from Swedish Wikipedia

The palace is surrounded by a large park with lots to explore. Inside, there is a restaurant and café, art exhibitions, and also a museum showing a bit of the history. I liked the rooms above for the details bearing witness to the palace having been "loved and lived in" - books read, travels planned (the atlas), creative talents explored, children playing...


  1. It is wonderful when a place can still convey a bit of what it was like as a loved and lived in home.

  2. I like the simplicity of the interiors that you have shown. The building is quite attractive too.

    1. Graham, when we were there we didn't really get a good view of the building because they were setting up a stage in front of it for some event. (Which is why I had to borrow a picture from somewhere else to show that here!)

  3. It looks rather Victorian, and I see it was built in that time period. I like the old fashioned rocking horse. What are the two blue things on the windowsill? They look like candles.


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