Photographer's Note

The Danes and Poles weren't the only ones with cannon back in the 17th century. The Swedes had them too, as can be seen here in front of the Uppsala Castle (slott). It was built in the 16th century by King Gustav I, using stone from the adjacent Archbishop's castle, which was then demolished. The original Spartan citadel was converted into a royal Palace. Kings Erik XIV, John III and Charles IX all remodeled and expanded the citadel to transform it into a Renaissance Palace. After the fire of 1702, stone was quarried from the citadel for construction of the Royal Palace in Stockholm, hampering its repair. But it was eventually repaired over many years. Today, the castle is the site of the Uppsala art museum.

The black structure appears to be an old belfry / bell tower: The "Bell of Gunilla" (Gunillaklockan). "The bell was cast in 1588 by order of wife of King Johan III Gunilla Belke, as there is a corresponding inscription on its rim. The bell was intended for the chimes of the castle Church, and for more than a hundred years it struck the time on the South-Eastern tower of the castle." More info and pictures here:

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