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© 1997 Lawrence I. Charters

Entrance to the royal apartments is by way of this staircase, tacked to the wall of the inner courtyard. It looks like an afterthought, and it was: as originally designed, Gripsholm Castle was supposed to be difficult to enter. Several hundred years later, in a more "civilized" age, these stairs were added to make life a bit easier. The castle is now a museum, housing a massive collection of paintings of Swedish kings, dating back to the dawn of Swedish history. Scanned from a photographic print. © 1997 Lawrence I. Charters