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Uppsala Castle – East/Northeast Side

Uppsala castle is a palace in the center of Uppsala, Uppland. It commands a dominate position above the city high on the Kasåsen and is visible for miles beyond the city limits. This historic building is the site of the Sture murders, the declaration of Sweden’s participation in the 30 Year War and Queen Kristina’s abdication.

The castle began as a fortress in 1549 and was part of series of such buildings constructed by order of Gustav Vasa and his sons as protection against enemies both foreign and domestic. After a fire on April 23, 1572, the fortress was transformed and expanded into an example of a Renaissance palace where it’s main function served to host coronation festivities after the ceremonies in the nearby cathedral.

In 1702, the city of Uppsala was devastated by another fire. Although the damage to the castle was likely to be relatively minor, parts of the main building known as the cross-castle were demolished to provide building materials to repair other buildings. Reconstruction in 1744 shortened the castle as it was rebuilt in French Classical style. Work was interrupted in 1762 for lack of funds. The planned northern wing was never constructed and that is the how we see the castle today. The castle’s facade was renovated in 2002-2003, restoring it to Carl Harleman’s color scheme from the 1740’s.

Today the castle is home to the governor and houses three museums; Uppsala Art Museum, Peace Museum and Vasaborgen. The Vasaborgen exhibition, found in the old castle ruins, is open during the summer months and offers pre-booked historical tours and ghost walks for businesses and schools. Several companies also have their offices in the building.

The South Tower is Uppsala’s highest building with 11 floors including basement and attic. It’s history is dramatic as it has served both as jail and water tower. since it was built in the late 1500’s it has been damaged several times by fires and received it’s current appearance in 1820, quite late in the overall history of the castle.

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