Historic Uppsala

Uppsala domkryka dates back to the late 13th century and is 389ft in height, making it the tallest church building in Scandinavia.  As you can tell by my photos I could not get the whole building in the frame.  It was used for coronations of Swedish monarchs for many years.  Gustav Vasa, Carolus Linnaeus(for you science buffs out there) are just a few of the people of note buried here.  No matter where you are in Uppsala you can pretty much see the spires of the Cathedral from most vantage points.

Uppsala Domkyrka - Street Level
Uppsala Domkyrka – Street Level
Uppsala Domkyrka - Too big to fit on my iPhone Camera
Uppsala Domkyrka – Too big to fit on my iPhone Camera
Uppsala Castle
Uppsala Castle
Princess for a Day
Princess for a Day.  I found my crown.

Uppsala Castle(Uppsala Slott).  Now the residence of the County Governor but was originally built in about 1549 during the reign of King Gustav Vasa.  Uppsala Castle played a major role in the history of both the city and Sweden, including some infamous events.  Such as the Sture murders, when in 1567, a mentally ill and paranoid King Eric XIV ordered the execution of a group of noblemen.

It was damaged by fire in 1702 being reduced to almost rubble.  It took many years to reconstruct the building partly due to the remains being used as a quarry for stone for the construction of the Stockholm Palace.

You also get some amazing view of Uppsala and the surrounding countryside from the battlements at the castle.

View from Uppsala Castle. Sorry my big head is in the way.
View from Uppsala Castle. Sorry my big head is in the way.  That is the Domkyrka in the background.
A better one without my head.
A better one without my head.

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