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This building is called Gustavianum. In the 17th century the Swedish king Gustavus Adolphus wished to create a more imposing identity for the University of Uppsala. In the 1620s he had a large new building built very close to the cathedral. It was named Gustavianum after himself.

What makes Gustavianum so distinctive today is the cupola with the sundial/sun globe. The cupola however was not there until the 1660s when the University of Uppsala was graced with a brilliant young professor with the name of Olof Rudbeck. Professor Rudbeck had made pioneering discoveries regarding the lymphatic system. Abroad had learned abroad that the stage of an ancient amphitheatre could be used for teaching purposes.

Rudbeck had a so-called anatomic theatre built on top of what was the university building in those days This is where dissections would take place sometimes also of human bodies. Daylight from the windows provided the necessary light. However only very few dissections were carried out here, but the anatomical is still there now as a main tourist attraction in Uppsala.

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  • Copyright: ulf eriksson (UlfE) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2516 W: 81 N: 3653] (14641)
  • Genre: Lugares
  • Medium: Cor
  • Date Taken: 2005-10-02
  • Categories: Arquitectura
  • Camera: Sony DSC-V3
  • Exposição: f/4, 1/200 segundos
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  • Versão da Foto: Versão Original
  • Date Submitted: 2005-11-03 13:23
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