National Geographic : 1934 Jul
COUNTRY-HOUSE LIFE IN SWEDEN Photograph from Amelie Posse-BrazdovA A MASSIVE CASTLE IS BUILT OF WOOD Gripenberg was erected for Field Marshal Karl Gustavus von Wrangel, after a design of Nico demus Tessin the Elder, the Christopher Wren of Sweden, who planned many of the country's chief buildings. The turretlike towers are reminiscent of the days when every home was fortified. © The Owner of Skokloster HERE SLEPT THE MASTER OF SKOKLOSTER WHEN HOME FROM THE WARS Karl Gustavus von Wrangel, who led the Swedish armies through many campaigns in the Thirty Years' War, built the extensive chateau and filled it with spoils from his conquests. The walls of the bedroom are covered with tapestries woven in Holland, signed Schaep, 1634-47. Carefully preserved are the Count's bed with a red velvet baldachin, his ornamental watch, and an ebony case full of rare Swedish, Bohemian, and Venetian fancy glass, centuries old.