Friday, July 10, 2015

Stockholm, Sweden: King Gustav III statue

King Gustav III of Sweden no doubt would be happy to know that he is still remembered fondly in his homeland. He couldn't ask for much more in a memorial.

His Majesty is right down the steps from the Royal Palace, and on a prime location on the waterfront. He is shown returning to Sweden after a war with Russia in 1790, offering an olive branch to the Swedish people.

Alas, it wasn't taken. Times were turbulent in Sweden around then, and the King was assassinated as a masked ball two years later. Gustav is known for taking power in a coup in 1772, and he was working with other nobility to try to stop all of these pesky revolutions of the time.

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