Gamla Riksarkivet

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With its enriching history dating back from the year 1887 when construction took off, to be put into use in 1891.

The previous National Archives that existed in Sweden burned down in 1697 and this became the only National Archives in Sweden since its predecessor. With the fire in mind, the house was designed to be Sweden’s most modern and most fireproof building. Something that cannot be missed at Gamla Riksarkivet are the incredible windows facing Gamla dtan. They are not only beautiful, they also fulfilled an important function in the 19th century. and to minimize the risk of fire, no electricity was involved. Which meant that everyone worked only in daylight, so the working days were longer in the summer and shorter in the winter.

The house of possibilities
on Riddarholmen

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