Viking renmnants, Uppsala
Between Gustavianum and the university is a small park where you will find several viking runestones. They have been moved here from various places around the province and are all quite impressive. One was even used at a Swedish stand during an expo in France and ended up in the English Channel when it was lost from a ship. Thankfully, it was found and brought back to Sweden. Another is made by a complete novice rune scriber and full of mistakes :))) The rest of county Uppland still has lots and lots of runestones scattered around the countryside. Have a look at the website below to find more as they are all catalogued.
Uppsala has LOTS of history, not least from the Viking days.
Around the Cathedral there are many Rune Stones remaining from the Viking days.
Walk around the cathedral and you will see the stones placed in the grass.
Also, across the street in front if the Cathedral, behind the white building hith the green cupola (Gustavianum) there is the University park, which also has a lot of Rune Stones.
AND - around in the countryside you can also find these remnants of Viking times. Ask at the tourist office, they can point out the best directions. It is much more fun to find a rune stone in its natural setting! Also the famoues Viking Boat graves can be seen at their natural setting, for example in Håga.
Every life's manifestations is connected with runes;within them is stored the secret that determines
the "essence"of everything...
In this emblematic sentence is retained the meaning
of these magical signs...
Do you know that they arrived into the Germanic world(and subsequently "exalted" by scandinavian populations)from the North Etrurian area?But there are some theories that collocated their origines in the
There are twentyfour principal signs;ancient scandinavian population attribuited them magical properties(for exemple they were often used as "seals")..but they were used for long time as a secret language,expecially after the diffusion of the
Christianity in the area..
In Uppsala I have seen several runes stones:really
fascinating!(for me :) ).The principal group of them
I have seen,"seals"the balance of the world by the
defeat of the cosmic snake Midgardr:as you can noticed,runes are often written along the "body" of
Too many things to say about runes..stop for now!
Outside the Uppsala old cathedral stands six rune stones picked out of the church's walls and floors in connection with renovations.
In University Park is another 8 runic stones and all of them has been found in the central area of Uppsala. This is a reminder how important Uppsala was in Pagan times when the old gods was worshipped in Scandinavia. The stones are of later date (900-1000) but shows the clash between the old religion and the new one - Christianity. The rune alphabet called the Futhark was still in use around 1000.