North of Sweden
Old Uppsala church
Built in the first half of the 12th century in 1164.
It was founded by Archbishop's Department and the temple became the center of the newly formed county of Uppsala. The chair moved here in the 13th century in Uppsala Cathedral.
This is where the stone altar, around which Pope John Paul II blesses the faithful during his visit to the Old Uppsala June 9, 1989.
In pagan times, this is where human sacrifices were carried out.
Nearby is a chain of mounds, which are buried the great King.
Great mounds of Uppsala - a monumental mound, construction of which belong to the era of the Great Migration. In total there are about eight hundred burial mounds, stretching from northwest to southeast along the slopes of the ridge.
The central element of the object are the "royal burial mound" - the three largest mound. They date from the age of 6.5 and is the ancient symbol of Sweden. According to legend, the three largest burial mound of King are sveev - Old Aoun, Egil and Adilsa, and mounds were, respectively, the name: Aoun Barrow, Barrow Barrow and Egil Adilsa. Today their name is defined geographically, respectively: East Mound, West Hill and the average mound. They are characterized by similar devices, and funeral rites.
Arranged on a raised platform that served as a venue for cremation.
According to Norse tradition, the deceased King with his arms and property, were burned at the stake, so that all the absorbing power of the fire helped him move into Valhalla. Low fire could reach 1500 ° C.
Sacrifice were the bones of domestic animals. Constructed over the remains of burnt mound, and then poured the mound.
Among the many great mounds mounds are distinguished by their size, design, loss of life and richness of grave goods. Completed a series of mounds of stone wall.