The city of Lund is a smaller city in the Scania – it has never really been the leading town of the area when it comes to commerce or business. But when it comes to important cultural and educational institutions the city pulls far above its weight. The oldest school in Scandinavia is actually located in the city.
After Christianity was adopted in Denmark Lund soon became an important center of the Catholic Church with a bishop located in the city. In 1103 it became the seat of the arch-bishop of Denmark. Who actually was the arch bishop of all of Scandinavia from 1103 until 1152 when Norway got their own arch bishop followed by a Swedish arch bishop in 1164. When Denmark went through the reformation in 1536 the arch bishop had to leave the church which were transformed into a Lutheran church and has remained so until today.
The old cathedral is located in the center of the city and is one of the main points of interest to go and have a look at when you visit Lund.
Shortly after Denmark lost Scania and Lund to Sweden in 1658 the Swedish king decided to make the city into an important center of higher learning. A university was founded in the city in 1666 and it is now one of the most important universities in Scandinavia with more than 40,000 students and it is ranked amongst the 100 best universities in the world.
The university dominates much of the city center and it is an interesting walk to go around the many grand buildings of the university on an afternoon stroll.
When we walk away from the main area around the cathedral and the university we reach the old town. It is a pretty old town with many old houses which has been preserved. There are many old half-timbered houses in the old town and it is nice to walk through the narrow streets of the old center.