Gustav III’s Pavilion at Haga

Time flies. This week it is already tens years ago that I last visited Sweden, in connection with the wedding of Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel on 19 June 2010. On 17 June 2010 me and some friends visited the lovely Haga Park in Solna, Stockholm, where the couple was going to live after their wedding.

Among the places we visited, unfortunately just on the outside as far as I remember, was Gustav III’s Pavilion, which is the building where the most recent photos of the couple, on the occasion of their 10th wedding anniversary, were made.

King Gustav III himself was very interested in the project, and even helped designing his pavilion. The architect Olof Tempelman built it for him in 1787 in Neo-Classicism style. The interiors were designed by Louis Masreliez. Nothing came of most of the visions of Gustav III for Haga Park. He himself was assassinated in March 1792 at the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm, and it was the pavilion from where he set off for the masquerade ball that would become his place of death. Afterwards the later King Carl XIII lived in the pavilion for a while.

It was not until the 1840s that King Oscar I instructed architect George Theodor Chiewitz to restore the building. The original yellow, undecorated façade was painted grey, as were the statues added to it. The new columns were created out of Italian marble, and other changes were made. Another restoration took place 1937-1946 led by architect Ragnar Hjort. The interior was restored to its orignal form.

The pavilion is open for guided tours during the summer months.

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