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Viking graveyards

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A March 2001 trip to Uppsala by dawn

Uppsala Domkyrka Photo, Uppsala, Sweden More Photos
Quote: Houses the color of freshly ground mustard and deep rose create a warm glow beneath a piercing blue sky. Students walk to class as they have done since the 1600's as bells toll the hour in the cathedral once used for Coronation of Kings;now their eternal resting place.

Viking graveyards

Overview

View From Bastion Photo, Uppsala, Sweden
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This is an ancient place that rose during the Ironage near the mines and a conflux of rivers that supported the Viking trade routes. Gamle Uppsala, 5 km. north of the current town, has Viking mounds that snake their way across the landscape like a giant sea serpent. The oldest Christian church is built on the very spine of a pagan temple with the Rune stones outside the main doors . Visit the cathedral used for the coronation and burial of Swedish kings through the 1700's( an extra bonus will be your pilgrimage to the shrine of Saint Eric who is entombed here). The university is the oldest in Sweden begun as a Catholic preparation school for priests and scholars in 1477, closed ...Read More

Domtrapp Kallaren

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Restaurant

Domtrapp Kallaren Photo, Uppsala, Sweden
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The Domtrapp is located within a block of the Cathedral and the museum of Uppsala University as well as the parking lot under the Cathedral's shadow by the river. Eating here is not only convenient. You'll want to eat here for the simple charm of the place! Set at the corner of a medieval cobblestone street and glowing a warm rosy color, its low timbered roof and bulging stucco cottage walls emit an aura of comfort. It's almost like this is a place buried deep within our psyche from our ancestors....guess they call that "familial knowledge" that is passed on thru the generations. This is a place that I am sure was popular in 1500 as well as in the year 2001. Something has to be said about the reveran...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 25, 2001

Domtrapp Kallaren
St. Eriks Grand
Uppsala, Sweden

Uppsala Domkyrka

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Attraction

Uppsala Domkyrka Photo, Uppsala, Sweden
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Open daily 8-6p.m. This is the largest church in Sweden, begun in the year 1260. First on the left will be the grave of Carl VonLinne, the great botanist and physician famous in the late 1700's for his massive collections of living plant material, his travels throughout the known world (including his first interpretations of the "Savage" Laplanders), and his published classification of plants, animals, and minerals in 1735 that is of legendary status still today. Follow the lefthand wall to the central cross section of the church and enter the middle. Tilt your head back, and look 8 stories up to where the ceiling forms a cross above you. The very last stone placed was in the shape of a ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 24, 2001

Uppsala Domkyrka
Domkyrkoplan 2
Uppsala, Sweden S-753 10

Museum Gustavianum of Uppsala University

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Attraction

Museum Gustavianum of Uppsala University Photo, Uppsala, Sweden
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Open in summer 11:00-17:00; winter 11:00-16:00. Free English tour at 13:00. This is a gem located in what was the entire university of the 1600's. There were dorm rooms and lecture halls in this one building with the copper sundial that still works on the roof! In the 1400's education was a privilege for the rich and for priests and was run by the Catholic church. All of this came to a screeching halt in the Reformation until King Gustaf decided to educate farmers' sons as well as the rich in the 1600's Olaf Rudbeck, the physician/engineer/architect/botanist who discovered the lymphatic system was a student here and his workbooks are saved in a case for you to see. I love the doo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 24, 2001

Museum Gustavianum of Uppsala University
Akademigatan 3
Uppsala, Sweden

Gamla Uppsala (Old Uppsala)

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Attraction | "Gamle Uppsala and the viking mounds"

Gamla Uppsala (Old Uppsala) Photo, Uppsala, Sweden
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This area was settled in the bronze age, but began to flourish during the Iron age due to the mines that were located nearby. The first "king" of Sweden--Eric Segersall (the victorious) lived here from his birth in 945 until his death in 995. It is believed that one of the unexcavated Viking mounds you see today is his burial place. In the earliest of Viking times, cairns (stone mounds) were built on top of hills where the body was placed in splendor with precious items that was torched in a huge blaze that could be seen for miles across the lower river deltas. Later, these hills were excavated out...by hand....and full sized ships were placed in the hole. Within the ship would be the dec...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 25, 2001

Gamla Uppsala (Old Uppsala)
Outside of Uppsala
Uppsala, Sweden

Botanical Gardens

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Attraction | "Carl Linnes Botanical Gardens"

Botanical Gardens Photo, Uppsala, Sweden
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This garden has a much longer history than Carl Linne who was here in the mid 1700's! This was first the castle garden of 1549 that was inside the enclosed compound. At that time, gardens were mostly functional. Veggies,a few flowers for the ladies, and herbs or other plants for medicinal uses. As time went on, King Gustaf ( or most likely one of his wives) decided that gardens were a pleasurable experience, so 2 more castle gardens were added. At one time there was an aviary here and a maze made out of plants. The first to alter the gardens was the physician Olof Rudbeck in the early 1600's. He followed the norm of the time in finding out the medicinal uses of plants. He was also a botan...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 25, 2001

Botanical Gardens
near University
Uppsala, Sweden