A secret garden and palace: an insider’s tour

September 12, 2011

in Living in Europe,Stockholm,Stockholm's art,what to see in Stockholm

tessin palace garden

The interior courtyard garden at Tessin Palace.

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The not so fancy exterior of the palace.

Like most anyone, I love it when I get the chance to do something special. On Thursday, I had the unique opportunity to tour the Tessinska Palatset or the Tessin Palace as part of the 100th anniversary celebration for the American Women’s Club here.

Completed in 1697, the palace is not open to the public and is the home of the governor of the county of Stockholm. Located on Slottsbacken on Gamla Stan, Tessin has all the things you hope to see in a cool old palace: gorgeous gardens, opulent furnishings and rooms, elaborately painted frescoes, crystal chandeliers. The palace was designed and built by the architect Nicodemus Tessin the Younger as his own home and reflects his inspirations from trips to Italy and France. It’s been beautifully preserved and restored and it really felt quite special to see the place. And even better, since I was helping out with the event, I arrived before the crowd and got to wander around the gardens.

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Another garden view.

tessin fountain

Looking back toward the entrance.

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Inside the palace. All interior photos by Robert Corkery.


Various views of the interior frescoes which were painted with scenes of architects, artists, sculptures and views of Italian landscapes.

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Striking a garden pose before the event began.

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