(active 1550s in Östergötland)

Exterior view

Vadstena Castle, Vadstena, Östergötland

Vadstena Castle was originally built by King Gustav I Vasa in 1545 as a fortress to protect Stockholm from enemies approaching from the south. The reconstruction from fortress into a habitable castle began in the 1550s. The castle has a symmetric arrangement with a central tower gate, two side towers for staircases, and cylindrical outer bastions emphasizing the fortress character.

The castle is well preserved and is one of Sweden's best examples of Renaissance architecture.

The photo shows the castle at Lake Vättern.

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