Terii’s Cycling Babble

A Landmark Ride » 09-15 a Tido Pana

Tidö Castle

The earliest building on this site was a castle with a square floor plan named Oldenburg built by the Gren family in the 1400’s. 1537 saw the castle sold to Queen consort Margaret Eriksdotter (Leijonhufvud). In 1540, her husband, King Gustav Vasa, traded the castle to Ekolsund Castle and Tidö came to the Tott family. Today minor ruins of that first castle can be found next to the present one.

The current building was constructed by Lord High Chancellor of Sweden Axel Oxenstierna (he gets around!) between 1625-1645. It is built around a rectangular courtyard with the main body to the north with three linked wings to east, west and south. The entrance is through a large gate in the southern wing.

The drawings for construction were likely by a dutch architect through Nicodemus Tessin over saw construction after 1640.

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