Sunday, June 18, 2006

The royal library

The royal library in Stockholm lies just behind busy Stureplan in the nice and quiet Humlegårdspark. This building was finalized in 1878 after seven years of construction. Earlier the library was located in the royal castle.
The library more or less became our national one back in 1661 after a law was created saying that a copy of all printed items were to be sent to the royal office where they were placed in the library.
Even though it never really was a private library of the royal family it was´nt until the move to Humlegården that it really became a national library.

It holds some very old and truly magnificent books from as far back as the 15th century. Making it worth the visit if you should ever come to Stockholm.

9 Comments:

At 1:15 AM, Anonymous Anne said...

Beautiful structure!

 
At 2:05 AM, Blogger Kala said...

it sounds like the library of congress in the U.S. - nice looking area around it too!

 
At 4:37 AM, Blogger Kris said...

agree with Anne . certainly will keep this in mind if i'm in stockholm :)

 
At 5:15 AM, Blogger Mark said...

Just the thought of all those books makes my head spin.
Only 24 hours to go!!
Don't forget it’s the Saint Maxime DP funny caption competition tomorrow.

 
At 8:07 AM, Blogger Nicola said...

That's a grand buidling for the library!

 
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