Historical and old photos of Uppsala, Uppland
Historiska och gamla bilder från Uppsala, Uppland

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Historical and old photos of Uppsala, Uppland

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Geography: Uppsala is the capital of Uppsala County and the fourth-largest city in Sweden, after Stockholm, Gothenburg, and Malmö. It had 168,096 inhabitants in 2017.

Located 71 km (44 mi) north of the capital Stockholm it is also the seat of Uppsala Municipality. Since 1164, Uppsala has been the ecclesiastical centre of Sweden, being the seat of the Archbishop of the Church of Sweden. Uppsala is home to Scandinavia's largest cathedral – Uppsala Cathedral. Founded in 1477, Uppsala University is the oldest centre of higher education in Scandinavia. Among many achievements, the Celsius scale for temperature was invented there.

Date of foundation: 1286


Population: 140 454


Uppsala. Akademiska Sjukhuset
Akademiska Sjukhuset - Academic Hospital
Uppsala. Akademiska Sjukhuset, Parken
Akademiska Sjukhuset, Parken - Academic Hospital, Park
Uppsala. Akademiska Sjukhuset, Slottet och Domkyrkan
Akademiska Sjukhuset, Slottet och Domkyrkan - Academic Hospital, Castle and Cathedral
Uppsala. Fyrisån med Nybron
Fyrisån with Ny bridge
Uppsala. Carolina Rediviva
Carolina Rediviva - main building of the Uppsala University Library
Uppsala. Carolina Rediviva
Carolina Rediviva - main building of the Uppsala University Library
Uppsala. Gamla Uppsala, Kyrkan
Gamla Uppsala, Kyrkan - Old Uppsala, church
Uppsala. Gamla Uppsala, Kyrkan
Gamla Uppsala, Kyrkan - Old Uppsala, church
Uppsala. Gamla Uppsala, Kyrkan, Klockstapeln
Gamla Uppsala, Kyrkan, Klockstapeln - Old Uppsala, church, bell tower
Uppsala. Gästrikeleden Hälsinge Nation
Gästrikeleden Hälsinge Nation
Uppsala. Kvarnen (Mill, Mühle)
Kvarnen - Mill
Uppsala. Motiv från Fyrisån, Hamnen, 1936
Harbour on Fyrisån, 1936
Uppsala. Östra Ågatan med Dombron
Östra Ågatan with Dom bridge
Uppsala. Samariterhemmet, 1910
Samariterhemmet - Samaritan home, 1910
Uppsala. Skokloster
Skokloster - Monastery
Uppsala. Skytteanum
Skytteanum - Collegiate Chapter House
Uppsala. Skytteanum och Domtrapphuset
Skytteanum och Domtrapphuset - Skytteanum and stair of house
Uppsala. Slottet med Gunillaklockan
Castle with Gunilla clock
Uppsala. Sten Sture-monumentet, 1929
Sten Sture-monument, 1929
Uppsala. Sturevalvet
Uppsala. Trädgardsgatan
Garden street
Uppsala. Trefaldighetskyrkan
Trinity Church and Cathedral
Uppsala. Universitetet
University, 1950
Uppsala. Universitetsbiblioteket
Universitetsbiblioteket - University Library


Uppsala was originally located a few kilometres north of its current location at a place now known as Gamla Uppsala (Old Uppsala). Today's Uppsala was then called Östra Aros (Eastern Aros, to differentiate it from Western Aros). (Old) Uppsala was, according to medieval writer Adam of Bremen, the main pagan centre of Sweden, and the Temple at Uppsala contained magnificent idols of the Norse gods. The Fyrisvellir plains along the river south of Old Uppsala, in the area where the modern city is situated today, was the site of the Battle of Fyrisvellir in the 980s. The present-day Uppsala was at that time known as Östra Aros and was a port town of Gamla Uppsala. In 1160, King Eric Jedvardsson was attacked and killed outside the church of Östra Aros, and later became venerated as a saint in the Catholic Church. In 1274, Östra Aros overtook Gamla Uppsala as the main regional centre, and when the cathedral of Gamla Uppsala burnt down, the archbishopric and the relics of Saint Eric were moved to Östra Aros, where the present-day Uppsala Cathedral was erected; it was inaugurated in 1435. The cathedral is built in the Gothic style and is one of the largest in northern Europe, with towers reaching 118.70 metres (389.4 ft).

The city is the site of the oldest university in Scandinavia, founded in 1477, and is where Carl Linnaeus, one of the renowned scholars of Uppsala University, lived for many years; both his house and garden can still be visited. Uppsala is also the site of the 16th-century Uppsala Castle. The city was severely damaged by a fire in 1702. Historical and cultural treasures were also lost, as in many Swedish cities, from demolitions during the 1960s and 1970s, but many historic buildings remain, especially in the western part of the city. The arms bearing the lion can be traced to 1737 and have been modernised several times, most recently in 1986. The meaning of the lion is uncertain, but is likely connected to the royal lion, also depicted on the Coat of Arms of Sweden.


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