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Cathedral history

There is quite a history behind the cathedral, and it did not always have the form you see today. Construction began sometime around 1270 with the intention of replacing the cathedral in Gamla Uppsala.

The original medieval church was built in the Gothic style and it is believed that the north entrance was constructed by French stoneworkers. It was over 160 years later that the cathedral was finally consecrated in the year 1435, and even then there was only one tower completed. The cathedral was damaged by fires in 1473, 1572 and 1702 and after restoration at the end of the 1800s took the form we see today.

Uppsala Cathedral was dedicated to three saints, Saint Lawrence, the Roman martyr, Saint Olaf the patron of Norway and Saint Eric, who was King Erik IX of Sweden, who is actually entombed at the cathedral. Other nobles buried within the cathedral include King Gustav Vasa, Carl Linnaeus, Olaf Rudbeck and former UN Secretary General, Dag Hammarsköjld, who died in a plane crash in 1961.

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Etchings: from public domain