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Kil and Uppsala, Sweden

Kil, Sweden

Kile doesn’t have much to show, just a small municipality founded in the 15th century by the Church: “Kil means wedge, crack or similar in Swedish, in this case referring to a bay (old Swedish). The name is at least from the fifteenth century, referring to a bay by the small lake Hyn, where the church was constructed. The town later became the seat of the juridical Kil Hundred, which is known to have existed in 1426.”

Uppsala, Sweden

Beginning to see a pattern in Norway and Sweden…Church Church Church.  All of the cities were either founded by or largely established by the Church (capital C for a reason there).  Uppsala is an interesting case…

“Uppsala was originally located a few kilometers to the north, at a location now known as Gamla Uppsala (Old Uppsala). Today’s Uppsala was then called Östra Aros. (Old) Uppsala was, according to medieval writer Adam of Bremen, the main pagan centre of Sweden, and the Temple at Uppsala contained magnificent idols of the Æsir gods.[3]

As a replacement for the Scandinavian gods, Uppsala was made into a strong Christian centre. A bishop was soon consecrated, and in 1164 Uppsala was made into an archdiocese, with Stefan, a monk from Alvastra Abbey,”

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