Gripsholm, Sweden, 1997  |  Image: 7 of 12 Previous Image Next

© 1997 Lawrence I. Charters

The view from the top of the turrents, looking out over Lake Mälaren, is definitely quite lovely. But it is also constrained: as a fortification, Gripsholm Castle doesn't really offer convenient windows for looking out on the lake, only narrow defense portals for firing weapons at attackers. Residents of the castle, instead, got to look out windows and see -- the castle courtyard, and the massive brick walls. During the cold, damp winters, with the sun rising around 10:30 a.m. and setting around 2:30 p.m., this must have been a cheery place to stay. The Swedish kings may have thought so, too: at various times, Gripsholm Castle has been used to imprison various members of the royal family, or other noblility. Scanned from a photographic print. © 1997 Lawrence I. Charters