Tidö Castle

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Tidö Castle
Tido slott, Vastmanland.jpg
Tidö castle seen from south, towards the main entrance in the south wing
Coordinates 59°30′20″N16°28′42″E / 59.50556°N 16.47833°E / 59.50556; 16.47833 Coordinates: 59°30′20″N16°28′42″E / 59.50556°N 16.47833°E / 59.50556; 16.47833 See above
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Ownervon Schinkel family
Open to
the public
Site history
Built byAxel Oxenstierna
MaterialsSand stone etc.

Tidö Castle (Swedish : Tidö slott) is a castle located outside Västerås in Västmanland, Sweden. [1] [2]



The former castle

The first building on the site was a medieval house built by the Gren family in the fifteenth century. In 1537, the Gren family sold the castle to the Queen Consort, Margaret Leijonhufvud (1516–1551). In 1540, her husband, King Gustav Vasa, traded the castle to Ekolsund Castle and Tidö came to the Tott family. Today, minor ruins of the former house can be found next to the present building. [3] [4]

The present castle

The present castle at Tidö was built by the influential statesman and Lord High Chancellor Axel Oxenstierna in 1625–1645. The castle was built around a rectangular courtyard with the main building to the north and the three linked wings to the east, west and south. The main entrance is through a vault in the south wing. [5]

In 1889, the von Schinkel family bought Tidö and they still own it today. Tidö is one of Sweden's best preserved Baroque palaces, in the Dutch Renaissance style.

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