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The Gothic Domkyrka dominates the city and is Scandinavia's largest and tallest church, with towers soaring 119m. The interior is imposing, with the French Gothic ambulatory flanked by small chapels. Tombs here include those of St Erik, Gustav Vasa and the scientist Carl von Linné. Dating from 1710, the magnificent pulpit was designed by baroque architect Nicodemus Tessin the Younger, whose work includes Stockholm's current Royal Palace.

Construction of the cathedral began in around 1270, with the building consecrated in 1435. Originally a Roman Catholic church, it would go on to witness centuries of Swedish coronations following the Protestant Reformation. Although a fire in 1702 caused significant damage, some of its medieval frescoes survive. Much newer are the spires and stained glass, added in the 19th century. Regular English-language tours of the cathedral are conducted from late June to mid-August and at other times by appointment.

Gustav’s funerary sword and silver crown, among other treasures, are kept in the fascinating Treasury.

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1. Domkyrka Treasury

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Located in the north tower of the Domkyrka, the cathedral treasury houses Gustav’s funerary sword and silver crown, along with a notable collection of…

2. Museum Gustavianum

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A wonder cabinet of wonder cabinets, the Museum Gustavianum rewards appreciation of the weird and well organised. The shelves in the pleasantly musty…

3. Upplandsmuseet

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Upplandsmuseet, in an 18th-century watermill, houses county collections of folk art, music and the history of Uppsala from the Middle Ages onwards, as…

4. Rune Stones

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In the grassy, sloping park between Domkyrka and the main Uppsala University building are nine typical Uppland rune stones. There's another row of them…

5. Carolina Rediviva bibliotek

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Rare-book and map fiends should go directly to Carolina Rediviva, the university library. In a small, dark gallery, glass cases hold precious maps and…

6. Linnémuseet

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No matter how many times the brochures refer to the ‘sexual system’ of classification, the excitement to be had at Linnémuseet is primarily intellectual;…

7. Linnéträdgården

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A reconstructed version of Sweden’s oldest botanical garden – Linné’s playground – with more than 1300 species ­arranged according to the system he…

8. Uppsala konstmuseum

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Located at the Uppsala Slott entrance marked E, Uppsala Art Museum displays Swedish and international modern and contemporary art and ceramics, as well as…