The Maria Trail

Pilgrimage through Tiundaland

There are quite a few pilgrim trails scattered across the world called “the Maria Trail”. This one, named Marialeden in Swedish, winds its way through the flat plains of Uppland starting at the cathedral in Uppsala and finishing by the old church in Tegelsmora, some 80 kilometres or so to the north. The path passes some of the most interesting medieval churches in this part of Sweden along the way, and even though some stretches are just walking on asphalt country roads, the trail also provides some lovely views of the pseudo-wilderness of the county. The Maria trail winds through some of the most historically important sites of Sweden, from Vendel times (6th to 8th century) with their impressive ship burials to the castle where the imprisoned ex-king Eric XIV was murdered by his brother in 1577, allegedly from pea soup laced with arsenic.

Tiundaland is the medieval name for the areas in and around Uppsala, once considered the most fertile in the lands. This pilgrim trail ends in Tegelsmora, but there is a possibility to connect with the “Helgonleden”, The Saint’s Trail, leading all the way to Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim, Norway.

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