Old Multi-Deist Uppsala was Finally Replaced as a Spiritual Center
The Cathedral has changed greatly since the 13th century when it was founded here, with fires, reconstructions, changes in design, ultimately as shown here, Baltic Gothic with strong brick walls. The Cathedral formally was moved from the area at Gamla Uppsala, Old Uppsala --not the building, the status. The earlier pre-Christian Kings' Mounds remain at Gamla Uppsala.
Now we need to get back into this. There are two kings with Vasa in the name: Vasa and Gustav Vasa. Which is which? For Warrior Kings, see the book of that name at Google Book, Warrior Kings of Sweden. 1942. Gustav Vasa (page 22 ff) and Vasa.
Vasa (page 53 ff) had life with intrigues, vengeances, and then look for the personal touches -- he would leave an audience chamber to go play with a child. He had many: one from the first wife, Catherine, a fragile princess without wealth or power from Germany, and she died in a few years; then ten from the second, Margaret, from a Swedish noble family; and none then from the third, another Catherine but this was Margaret's niece. All these people in churches in grand burials have lives worth looking up. So do the commoners, if we could find out more.
So which Vasa is this? The Reformation era Vasa broke with the Catholic Church.
John Gustav Sandberg's work, we think. Frescoes from a later date, 1830, showing the life of Vasa.
Patron Saints of the Cathedral:
St. Laurentius of Rome, Saint Lawrence, died in 252 AD; a mistranslation of a word for "martyred" became "roasted" and the tradition therefore is that he was placed on a hot gridiron etc. Patron saint also of chefs, enjoy Wikipedia but independently vet -- see Wikipedia on Lawrence of Rome. He is supposed to have safeguarded the Holy Grail for a time. See also Community of Sweden. Other patrons: King Eric of Sweden, and King Olof of Norway. Why is the head of Laurentius off?
We now think it is Emmanuel Swedenborg, 1688-1772, visionary, clairvoyant (it was believed after several uncanny events), intellect, scientist, philosopher, and -- some thought -- a new prophet. See Swedenborg Study. But a check on Images for Swedenborg Uppsala shows another closed casket sarcophagus, not a figure on top.