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vaksala - the other sacred ruler of uppsala

Uppsala cathedral can be seen from almost every spot in the city, including Gränbyparken. During one of our strolls there, looking in the opposite direction, I came to a point from which a new tower became visible. In the north-eastern part of Uppsala, behind and between Gränby and Ärsta, stands the other sacred ruler of the city - Vaksala church. Uppsala cathedral took the south-western part - and most of the touristic interest. On the other side we encounter a sacred building, belonging to a different league, not less worth visiting.

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following the graves, part three

I’m pretty simple when it comes to planning my Swedish trips. If a place has something to do with Erik XIV, no matter how unappealing it seems, I’ll be there. I would probably skipped Västerås for now if it was just a church (cause c’mon, there are so many churches!). However, as it’s a church where Erik is burried, that changes everything. And it was a good decision – not only because I got to see Erik (in a way), but the cathedral is worth visiting by itself.

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following the graves, part two

Uppsala is identified as a political and religious centre during long periods in Swedish history. When the city is visited today, the cathedral is the crucial point of the sightseeing. In there, secular and ecclesiastical powers met. It's erection determined the erection of the city. It is a place of the final rest of Swedish kings, statesmen and saints.

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even ugly castles deserve to be loved. or...?

Here's the deal. During my city visits, even if there is no castle or church on my must-see list, when I get there, I usually check those objects out. You never know. Here, in Uppsala, the castle was one of the top three things that I had to see, although I knew that it is nothing spectacular in the architectural sense. Nevertheless, Uppsala castle was a sign of power of newly reborn Swedish kingdom in the 16th century. By the order of Gustav Vasa the castle came to life and watched his son's fall.

 

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following the graves, part one

The Riddarholmen Church was a must-see point on my list. The oldest preserved building in Stockholm, the only monastery church that survived reformation in the city and a place of the royal burials? I’m going! The church is located on the Riddarholmen island, just outside of Gamla Stan – the Old Town, area, which is visited by probably every tourist. So you just have to walk for 10 more minutes and fulfil visiting the historical central part of Stockholm.

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swedish il gesu

The church on Kvarholmen, that we can visit today, is called a cathedral, although since 1915 it is not a capital of diocese – now it’s Växjö. The church on Kvarholmen was built in three stages during the reign of three Charleses, so during the inauguration it was called the Church of Charles. The construction started in 1660. The consecration took place in 1682 and was conducted by the bishop Henning Schutte, although the church was not fully ready until 1703.

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swedish “game of thrones”, version: kalmar

The visit in Kalmar couldn’t focus only on seeing the castle. Walk around the city was compulsory, as well as photo session of the cathedral.  Among all of those stuff there is a complement to history of Kalmar.

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kalmar castle or getting closer to erik

Some feelings for certain historical characters, more strictly: to Swedish kings, more strictly: to Swedish mad kings, I do not hide. Those feelings are not the healthiest, probably, but they help me in work, throwing me to different places, connected to histories that I am hooked on. I wanted to go to Kalmar for quite a while now, mostly because of the cathedral, but in the end it was the castle that made the greatest impression on me.

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