Posts tagged john iii
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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a night with the guide in Uppsala

As I tried to prove here, Uppsala can be seen during one day and still you can leave with a feeling of doing a proper job. The goal of this text below is not to convince anyone to do the extreme opposite and stay there for a week. For me four days were enough. I left the city on the fifth day with relief and being satisfied. So whatever I describe below, treat it merely as advice. Choose from my suggestions those places which you find suitable and decide for yourself, if you want to create two days plan or a longer one.

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uppsala for one day

This city is one of my biggest recent enchantments. Here everyone should find something for themselves. It is pretty easy to get to here, it is pretty easy to move around here, it is pretty easy to find something to eat here (which is a priority), finding an accommodation should also be an easy task. And what is the biggest advantage of Uppsala is that it can be adjusted to everyone’s budget and time limits.

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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 “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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