The echoing acoustics provide soothing music but also the occasional hushing from a teacher or parent trying to silence a child or a school class. You can light a candle here, attend church services or just enjoy the oldest Metropolitan Church in the Nordic region.
With construction being commenced back to the year of 1085 under the leadership of German and Italian stonemasons and surviving parts dating back as far as the 1100s, this majestic Cathedral has become one of the main tourist attractions in the Nordics.
Located right in the middle of Lund, it is conveniently close to plenty of restaurants and cafés. And guess what, there are no entrance fees or additional costs to enter the Cathedral, except if you’d like to buy some brochures or a guided tour of course.
What to see
The beautiful exteriors
The cathedral's towers stand 55 meters high and are, with their pyramidal roofs, a landmark on the skyline of Lund and clearly visible from the surrounding wide plain. The towers are unfortunately not open to the general public. As a typical Romanesque building, Lund Cathedral is distinctively dark, with only small windows to allow sunshine to pass through.
Large sections of the crypt, which is the oldest part and is largely intact from 1123, reveal influences from Normandy and southern England. Down here you will find the biggest tourist attraction, a pillar embraced by the giant Finn, who, according to legend, built the church, but was then outraged at not being paid and wanted to destroy it. Instead he was tricked, shrunk and turned to stone. And to this day, he stands embracing his column. Other interpretations maintain that the stone figure may represent the Biblical character Samson destroying the temple in Jerusalem.
The astronomical clock
Don't miss the great astronomical clock dating from around 1425 showing signs of the zodiac and the phases of the moon, and which chimes twice a day while the three wise men and their servants pass and bow before the Virgin Mary and baby Jesus.
The carved oak choir stalls from the mid 1300s and the 3.5-metre tall seven-branch candelabra from the late 15th century are other reasons to visit.