Uppsala Castle Facts
Uppsala Castle is a 16th-century royal castle in the historic city of Uppsala, Sweden.
King Gustav ordered the construction of the renaissance castle in 1549, on the present site on a hill south of Uppsala Cathedral, with the old Archbishop’s Castle being used for building material and subsequently demolished.
Uppsala Castle was seriously damaged by fire in 1702. Reconstruction took many years and was indeed hampered by the remains of the castle being used as a quarry for stone to be used in building Stockholm Palace.
Uppsala Castle was built during the time Sweden was on its way to becoming a great power in Europe.
Uppsala Castle was the administrative center of Uppland and the site of the Hall of State.
Uppsala Castle is the residence of the County Governor of Uppsala County. Dag Hammarskjöld, former Secretary-General of the United Nations, spent his childhood days in the castle when his father, Hjalmar Hammarskjöld, was governor of Uppsala County.
The Uppsala castle is also the site of the Uppsala Art Museum.
The castle façade you see today is faithful to the bright color it was following its reconstruction in 1740.