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Gripsholm Castle (II)

Real estate agents today might say the most important factor for any home is "Location, Location, Location." While this is true, to some extent, for castles, the most obvious "castlelike" characteristic is "Security, Security, Security." After crossing the drawbridge, you confront this massive set of doors, connecting to a tunnel, then another set of doors. And if an attacking force makes it through all of this --

-- they must then fight their way through a courtyard, with protected defenders on all sides, and then face this tunnel leading into an inner courtyard. Not really visible in this dark tunnel are openings allowing defenders to do unpleasant things to unwanted visitors.

The royal family apartments are off the inner courtyard, overlooking Lake Mälaren.


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Photos (c) 1997 Lawrence I. Charters

Revised October 25, 1997 lic
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