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Baltic Sea. Crystal Glimpses of a Fairytale

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Gamla Uppsala, Church

Charles IX of Sweden. 1603

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Outside the county of Uppsala, Sweden,

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there was a small village called Gamla Uppsala.
These vast, fertile lands are known to be the oldest and most important in the Scandinavian territory, the resting place of the gods Odin, Thor and Freyr. In the middle of these mysterious and magical places, there was a church; it was built in the 11th century, on the foundations of the great temple of Uppsala,
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which had been the religious centre of the ancient Norse religion, a set of rituals practised by the pagan Norse in Scandinavia, in pre-Christian times. The lands of Gamla Uppsala are, however, not only known for the gods of Nordic mythology, but also for being the scene of glowing lights in the sky, which changed colour,

intimidating the population with their magical and mysterious aura. According to Norse legends, there was a group of female warrior figures, the Valkyries, who chose who should die in battle and who should survive. The chosen ones were led by the warriors to the afterlife, in order to rule together with the god Odin.

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The armour of the beautiful and strong Valkyries gave off a strange flickering light, which illuminated the northern seas, creating what would be called the 'Aurora Borealis' or 'Northern Lights'. A magnificent, purely Nordic spectacle!
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Charles IX of Sweden. 1603

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