Tips for your visit
If you have 15 minutes
Start in Högkoret, situated in the centre of the exhibition. From here you get a good all-round sense of the sacred spaces. Raise your eyes and discover the exhibition’s largest object, a magnificent triumphal crucifix from Bollnäs, measuring the 3 x 5 metres. Complementing the large crucifix is “The Other”, a work by present-day artist Mats Hjelm.
From there, go to the Chapel of Saint Erik and see Sweden’s oldest royal crown, that belonged to Saint Erik. Continue to the Jagellonian Chapel, but stop outside. Here is the oldest object in the exhibition, a resurrection egg found in Sigtuna and believed to have been made in Kiev a thousand years ago.
Fifteen minutes have now passed an you have a taste of the exhibition. Welcome back to discover more on your next visit.
If you have 1 hour
Join a tour! Uppsala cathedral’s knowledgeable guides will help you make the most of your time at the exhibition. Tours are arranged several times a day and take about 40 minutes.
If you would rather stroll around on your own, there are some objects you simply should not miss. The first is Saint Erik’s royal crown – Sweden’s oldest royal crown. The largest object in the exhibition, a magnificent 3 x 5 metre triumphal crucifix, is also a must, as is the oldest object, a thousand-year-old resurrection egg. Discover too the exquisite craftsmanship of the Njutånger chalice and Anders Widoff’s realistic Maria-sculpture.
Visit the shop on your way out – with a souvenir your visit will live longer. Or share your visit with others by buying a gift. Round off your visit by lighting a candle before you leave the church.
If you have 4 hours
Start your visit in the same way as if you had one hour. But stop at each object and take the time to learn its story.
Combine your visit with refreshments at the Cathedral Café, in the building beside the main cathedral entrance. Here you can enjoy a coffee or other drink, cakes, sandwiches and light lunch in an authentic 18th century environment. There are seats outside in the summer, in the cool shade of the cathedral spires.
Afterwards, you can visit the gift shop and the cathedral museum Skattkammaren (Treasure chambers). Here you can find one of Europe’s finest collections of mediaeval church textiles, including archbishop’s vestments from c. 1270, embroidery from the 15th century and the Union Queen Margareta’s golden skirt which is the only preserved mediaeval formal dress in the world.
Finish off by sitting a while in one of the pews and reflect over what you have seen. Light a candle for someone you love.
If you have a whole day
With a whole day there is time to discover more of Uppsala. Regardless of whether your interests are art, nature or history, Uppsala has a lot to offer and much is within walking distance of the cathedral. Let yourself be fascinated by the Augsburg cabinet in Gustavianum, Uppsala University’s oldest preserved building, or by Sweden’s most valuable book treasures at the University Library, Carolina Rediviva.
If you enjoyed Christian Partos’ work El Niño, there is a separate exhibition with other works by this artist at Uppsala Art Museum in Uppsala Castle. Or stroll in the splendid Botanical Gardens across the road from the castle. Afterwards, you can walk back to the cathedral and Saint Erik’s Square, then from there along the river Fyris to see Saint Erik’s well – the same Saint Erik whose royal crown is on show in the exhibition.
Another tip is to follow the public footway Eriksleden that runs between Uppsala Cathedral and Old Uppsala Church. Meditate a while at the Saviour Wreath just before you reach Old Uppsala.
For more tips, visit http://www.destinationuppsala.se/en