History of Uppsala
Uppsala is one of the oldest towns in Sweden. In 1164 Uppsala became the seat of the archbishop of the Church of Sweden, which accelerated its growth. The second important event of Uppsala history is the foundation of Uppsala University in 1477. The University became the first one in Scandinavia. Today Uppsala is the fourth largest city in Sweden with 140 000 inhabitants. Among Uppsala natives you can find such scientists as Anders Jonas Ångström, Svante Arrhenius, Anders Celsius, Carolus Linnaeus and famous Swedish film director Ingmar Bergman.
What to see?
Uppsala has a number of historical sights and different museums. The most interesting of them are:
- Uppsala Cathedral, the largest cathedral in Scandinavia. (Map)
- Very nice 200 years old Botanical Garden. (Map)
- Anatomical Theater, 400 years old university museum with wide variety of exhibitions. (Map)
- The Linnaeus Garden, first botanical garden founded in Sweden, has museum on its territory. (Map)
- Uppsala Castle, 16th century royal castle not far from the center of Uppsala. (Map)
- Gamla Uppsala, the sight is the ancient (6th century) pagan center of the town and whole Sweden. (Map)
These are only the main museums in Uppsala. You can find more information on the Uppsala Museer website.