Trondheim. Royal residence (Stiftsgården)
The Royal residence (Stiftsgården map) is used as the residence of the Royal family and most of the time closed to the public. We were lucky, we got there 3 days before discontinuation of tourists. To take pictures inside, of course, impossible...Tours are led by full-time employees of residece (another trait of Scandinavian rationalism - people in charge during the absence of the "owners"). The building was built 1774-1778 for years Cecilia scholer, widow of a rich merchant Flock Scholer. Cecilia came from a famous Danish noble family, was the daughter of the commander of the Central Norway for its contribution to the culture and development of Tronheim is considered one of the most influential and honored women of the city. The architect of the building, as historians assume, was a cousin of Cecilia's Christian Lerche. The Palace was built in the Baroque style, but has elements of Rococo and Neoclassicism . The building has 140 rooms, occupying 43 thousand square meters, is the largest wooden building in Northern Europe.
After her death in 1786, the building was inherited by her son, who in 1800 sold the mansion to the state. The building housed the Governor's residence, here stopped the Royal family during visits in Trondheim. With 1906 the Palace became the official Royal residence. At the same time a large part of the Palace garden became a public Park.
the appearance of the building since it was built almost unchanged. In 1841, after a small fire was bricked up the attic window and placed the state coat of arms, Windows on the garden side you can still see. Some Windows on the floors was replaced in 1860, however, it is possible to find authentic, thick, and wavy antique glass. By the way, surprisingly, in a single frame.
unlike the exterior, the interior was updated several times, however, some original features are still present. Ceiling stucco in the Baroque style has been preserved on the ceilings and wall niches some rooms. Panel over the door decorated with landscapes. Was completely changed only the interior of the Queen, which is a specially reconstructed for the coronation in 1906. There were also some furnaces, but now the building has electric heating. Overall, the luxury of the Palace is no different, all the rooms and the furniture in them is purely functional.
Yard of the residence. Free admission.
At the conclusion of the tour, I asked the question who took us to the rooms to the employee about the security measures during the stay of the Royal family. The answer was stunning: "Yes, of course, at this time there is on duty a reinforced unit of the city police - 2(two!) officers at the corners of the building." - "A walk on the sidewalk under the Windows?" - "There are no restrictions for traffic no."