In the east part of the Cathedral, in the Chapel of our Lady, the Swedish king Gustav Vasa (king between 1523 - 60) is buried. On the grave monument Gustav Vasa is lying between two of his wifes, Katarina and Margareta. They are all buried in the krypt belove the floor and when Gustav Vasa's third wife died she was also buried here.
On the walls of the chapel paintings are showing the kings life. The roof is painted light blue with stars.
Erik was a Swedish king killed by the Danish in 1160. He was attending a mass at the church when he got the message that the Danish were comming. He waited until the mass was over and by then the Danish had already arrived. Erik was killed on the place where the cathedral is built and it is said some miracles happened as he had been killed. He became a saint.
The shrine is made of gold-plated silver and contains Eriks skeleton and his crown. The now exsisting shrine is from the 16th century. The previous one was melted down by king Johan III, who later had a new one constructed.
The pulpit in the Cathedral is the finest in Sweden and it is used for sermon at high mass on Sundays.
There are several large pictures where you can see St John the Baptist, St Paul and Jesus.
The pulpit was made in the beginning of the 18th century.
This side chapel has got this name because members of the Sture family are buried here. They were murdered by king Erik XIV at Uppsala Castle 1567.
Above the altar is an old triptych made in Brussels 1520. The pictures depict the life of St. Anna (mother of Virgin Mary).
Favorite thing: In the first side chapel to the left there are two big textiles hanging on the wall. The 14 pictures on the textiles are showing the 700 year old history of the cathedral. It is made by the artist Ann-Marie Forsberg and it took 2884 working hours to finish it. It was made for the opening after the the renovation 1976.
Favorite thing: We were really lucky to see something special - the theatre play showing the history of the Cathedral!! The Cathedral itself is beautiful and the play took place just beneath it; it was extraordinary with big group of actors, horses, fire.. fantastic!!
Uppsala Domkyrkan is the "main" church in Sweden and also the biggest "cathedral" in scandinavia. This church dates back from 14 hundreds and it took about 200 years to build. The interior is great !
Fondest memory: Sitting in the church and listning to a performance. You can look for upcoming performances in the church at www.uppsaladomkyrka.nu. Well worth a visit and even better if you can go to one of the activities.
Go to the Domkyrkan (the Cathedral) of course. You can't miss it. You can see it from anywhere in Uppsala. This is the biggest cathedral in Scandinavia.
Man, you just have to see it.
Fondest memory: The Cathedral, and the surroundings. Especially the small river that divide Uppsala.
Favorite thing: Above the north entrance is a round rose-window with a diametre of 8 metres. It is the window of the Holy Ghost. In the middle there is a dove surrounded by flames.
Above the north entrance you can see the Window of the Son. It is the largest church window in Sweden with its 119 m2.
The window showes Jesus Christ in four different illustrations.
Uppsala Cathedral is the largest in Scandinavia. It is as tall as it is long, 118,7 metres.
If you get lost in Uppsala, look for the towers which are visible from many parts of the town.