The Skokloster Castle, located in the Swedish province of Uppland in the municipality of Håbo, is one of the most impressive examples of the Swedish Empire. The commander Carl Gustav Wrangel began shortly after the end of the Thirty Years War with the construction of the castle. Casper Vogell probably worked as an architect, with whom Wrangel already had contact in Germany. Also Jean de la Vallée and Nicodemus Tessin d. Ä can be linked to certain parts of the project. The castle has a square layout with four octagonal corner towers and a courtyard. By 1670, the shell was completed and it began with the equipment and furnishings of the castle, which lasted until 1700 and was never completed. Even today, the large ballroom is still a construction site with tools and other tools from the 17th century. The castle changed hands several times in the following centuries and was sold to the state in 1967. It was then renovated, declared a cultural monument in 1971 and opened to the public. The castle has largely retained its original appearance and original furnishings to this day. The paintings and sculptures are unique, as is the armory and the library. Skokloster is the location of the famous Mannerist portraits of Emperor Rudolf II as Vertumnus, painted in 1591 by Giuseppe Arcimboldo.
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