Gustav II Adolf Vasa

Gustav Vasa (1594 - 1632)

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Gustav (Gustav II Adolf) "Kung av Sverige" Vasa
Born in Castle Tre Kronor, Stockholm, Swedenmap
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Died in Lützen, Electorate of Saxonymap
Profile last modified | Created 16 Jul 2011 | Last significant change: 9 Dec 2018
22:01: Michael Stills edited the Birth Date for Gustav Vasa (1594-1632). [Thank Michael for this]
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Preceded by
Karl IX
King of Sweden
1611 - 1632
Succeeded by



He was the King of Sweden from 1611 to 1632 and is credited as the founder of Sweden as a Great Power (Swedish: Stormaktstiden). He led Sweden to military supremacy during the Thirty Years War, helping to determine the political as well as the religious balance of power in Europe.


Gustav Adolf was born December 9, 1594 at Stockholm Castle as the seventh child of Karl IX Vasa. His mother was Kristina af Holstein Gottorp who was the second wife of Karl.


March 15, 1607, Gustaf Adolf was given the title Duke of Estonia and Grand Duke of Finland. In 1610 he also got the title Category: Dukes of Västmanland.

Love, Mistress, Wife and Children

In 1613, Gustav proposed to Ebba Brahe whom he had loved since he was a teenager but his mother strongly opposed the marriage.

Gustav had at least one mistress, Margareta Slots. They had one son:

  1. Gustaf Gustafsson (1616-1653), count of Vasaborg.

November 25, 1620, Gustav II Adolf marries Maria Eleonora, the daughter of the electoral prince Johan Sigismund of Brandenburg and Anna of Preussen. The marriage was not a happy one and the couple only had one daughter:

  1. Kristina (1626-1689)

Death and Burial

Gustaf II Adolf died November 6, 1632, during the battle of Lützen in the Thirty Years' War. He was buried at Riddarholm Church in Stockholm.[1]

Riddarholm Church

The Riddarholm Church (swe. Riddarholmskyrkan) is the final resting place of the Swedish kings and Stockholm's only preserved medieval monastery church. With the one exception of Queen Christina, all succeeding rulers of Sweden from Gustav II Adolf (d. 1632) to Gustaf V (d. 1950) are buried in the Riddarholmen Church. The Riddarholm church is located at Riddarholmen, near Gamla Stan (Old Town).

Riddarholmskyrkan, Stockholm, Sweden

More information about the church see Space:Riddarholmskyrkan



Honour to the Great, the refuge of his people.


  1. Gustav II Adolph Original name: Gustaf Adolf den Store on Find A Grave: Memorial #8508950 Retrieved 23:45, 6 January 2017 (EST).

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