A Royal Affair

First study tour. Check.

Here at DIS, Wednesdays are reserved for hands-on field studies outside of the classroom.

Today my Swedish Language and Culture class toured Stockholm’s Royal Palace to study the symbolism behind the concept of power. During 100% of which time, we all stared open-mouthed at, well, take a look…

No, not the Iron Throne… it’s the Silver Throne, made for Queen Christina’s coronation in 1650
Just a simple dinner for two

Nearing the end of the 17th Century, the plan to build Stockholm’s Royal Palace had been set into motion. Though, a five year plan soon turned into an unfinished, multigenerational project over the following 60 years or so.

Monarchs change, styles change, and trends change.

That being said, I felt like I was trekking both backward and forward in time through these glorious rooms, watching the works of decades’ worth of legendary sculptors, architects, and painters unfold before my eyes in just one hour.

I began to sense a sudden spiritual connection to Tom Hanks in The Da Vinci Code as I was trying to decipher all of the cryptic and subliminal messages within every brush stroke and carving.

förbluffad

(adj.)

Flabbergasted, stunned, amazed.

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