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gamla uppsala - excavation

People have been buried in Gamla Uppsala for almost 2000 years. Before this place became a royal graveyard, a farm cemetery for the deceased peasant was located here. The dead men needed to be buried at home, so they could watch over the farms. In total, there were between 2,000 and 3,000 burial mounds. Only few of them survived, including the most significant ones: the kings mounds.

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gamla uppsala - history

Uppsala, Gamla Uppsala and the region of Uppland deserve a book. Or couple. Many have been written already. Creating something of similar length might provide you with “all” the information, but my attempt on this website was always to write short (or relatively short), condensed texts. So even though this article definitely belongs to the longest ones, I know that it is not complete. Here I present a very general overview of the region in the Middle Ages. Stories about certain events will be tackled in the future. Let’s dig now into some sagas about Uppsala kings, pagan sacrifices and the arrival of Christianity.

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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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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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