Monday, April 27, 2015

Skeppsholmen and Kastellholmen – Stockholm

Skeppsholmen and Kastellholmen islets, in Stockholm, were once a secret to the world. Almost everything on the two islets were built during the era of the fleet. It began in the 1640s, when the isles became a naval base for warships of the Swedish fleet. The navy was vital to great-power Sweden, which had provinces around the Baltic Sea. There was an earlier naval base on nearby Blasieholmen Island, where the Royal and historic warship Vasa was built.

Military operations began to be phased out in the 1940s and in 1969 most operations were moved to Berga and Musko. Since then, more buildings have been converted into public amenities such as museums, theatres, restaurants and schools. Modern buildings have also been added, biggest of them being the building belonging to Modern Museet, and the Swedish Centre for Architecture and Design, complete in 1998.

One of the most prominent tourist attraction is, undoubtedly, the crown on the bridge between mainland Stockholm and Skeppsholmen, located right opposite the Royal Palace in the Old Town of the capital. 

The two islets form part of the Royal National City Park. The park was created in 1995 as the first of its kind in the world. The area has significant natural and cultural values, and comprises everything from royal palaces to former military installations. Skeppsholmen and Kastellholmen are part of the heritage jointly owned by the people of Sweden through the state. 

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