The university city of Uppsala

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Uppsala University © Elapied

Uppsala University © Elapied

Uppsala is the capital of Uppsala County and the fourth largest city of Sweden with 140,454 inhabitants. Located 67 km north of the capital, Stockholm, it is also the seat of the Uppsala Municipality. Since 1164, Uppsala has been the ecclesiastical centre of Sweden, being the seat of the Archbishop of the Church of Sweden. Founded in 1477, Uppsala University is the oldest centre of higher education in Scandinavia.

The Fyris river (Fyrisån) neatly divides the city into two different parts: the historic quarter to the west of the river and the administrative, residential and commercial area to the east. Most of the features of interest are in the western part, dominated by the cathedral, and with its old streets, river views and parks. The most outstanding building in Uppsala is the Domkyrka (Uppsala Cathedral), Scandinavia’s largest church (118.70 m (389.44 ft) high), which is visible from most parts of town and from the motorway.

Botanical Gardens © Per Enström Lindvalls Kafferosteri © Tompen0000 Grand Hotell Hörnan © Ojan Central Station © David Castor Uppsala University © David Castor Uppsala Cathedral © Michael Ströhle Uppsala Castle © David Castor Market Hall Saluhallen © Ralf Roletschek Uppsala University © Elapied
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Market Hall Saluhallen © Ralf Roletschek
Facing the west end of the cathedral is the Gustavianum, built in 1625 to be the main building of the University, and served as such through most of the 19th century. It contains the Museum of Nordic Antiquities, the Victoria Museum (of Egyptian antiquities) and the University’s cultural history collections. It also houses a perfectly preserved 17th-century anatomical theatre (used in its time for public dissections). Across the street from the Gustavianum stands the new main building of the university, erected in 1879–86 in Italian renaissance style. The Uppsala University Coin Cabinet is located in the university main building. Not far from the University stands the Uppsala University Library (Carolina Rediviva), the largest library in Sweden, with over 5 million volumes and some 60,000 manuscripts. The building was built in 1820–1841.

On a circa 35-metre high hill to the southwest of the University Library stands Uppsala Castle. Its construction was initiated in 1549 by King Gustav Vasa, founder of the Vasa royal dynasty. Today the castle holds several museums, and is the residence of the Governor (landshövding). 5 km north of Uppsala city lies Gamla Uppsala (Old Uppsala), the location of the pre Christian town Uppsala. There are few remains, with the exception of several huge burial mounds of pre-Christian monarchs and the previous cathedral from 1164 A.D., traditionally said to be built over the old heathen temple (and recent archaeological investigations seems to support this notion). After the church burned down around 1240 only parts of it were restored.

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