Linköping from the Middle Ages

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I just heard the name Linköping (read: "Linshooping") because a friend was studying a PhD in a city I happened to visit. It is admitted that the city is less familiar outside its own country. Located in the southern part of sweden and south of the Roxen river, precisely in Östgöta Plains and is the capital of the Östergötland province, Linköping is the fifth largest city in the country once dubbed "the most peaceful countries in the world, due to the low crime rate here.

Linköping is a medieval city, as a proof that some of the roads built at that time can still be seen in parts around the town square, or stora Torget; such as Tanneforsgatan, st korsgatan and Ågatan streets. In 1600 Linköping once witnessed the scene of a bloodbath known as Linköping Bloodbath, killing five of Duke Karl's political opponents that took place in the main square. Seen from a marker on the street in front of the town hall building. however, a study revealed that the incident occurred in the stora Torget square, in the corner now occupied by Burger king.

Linköping started from a small town until 1937. but when the aircraft industry was established and the Linköping university was founded in 1960, rapid change took place to become a center for high technology and research focusing on the manufacture of aircraft and the software industry. the city that was nicknamed as the "Swedish biking city of the year" in 2002 has a target to become a carbon neutral community by 2025.

"Linköping is the fifth largest and growing city in Sweden, both geographically and populationally. It is home to 150,000 people and rich with recreational activities and experience for all ages with art, theater, history, concerts, markets, festivals and sporting events, Linköping is the temple. "

In 1950 an open museum called Old Linköping or Linköping gamla was established. as one of the must-see places in the city, this open-air museum illustrates the life of Linköping in the past where we can see the old buildings in this city that have been moved there since the museum was founded. While other old buildings, especially around Hunnebergsgatan street, have been restored in their original environments.

To reach this place, I have to use local bus, because it is located about two kilometers to the west from the middle of town. More fun again because there is no need to pay entrance fee or free entrance. Once there, I saw a form resembling a common telephon box that caught my attention, and it was true that it was a common telephon box in the past.

It feels like travel back in time to hundred years ago while here, can see the life of Swedish society in the past, ranging from wooden house architecture, large stone alleys, and gardens. There we can also enter the museum that displays the activities of the community at that time, such as post office, banks and shops that sell handicrafts and souvenirs that we can buy. Quite interesting to me as a person who enjoys visiting museums.

A stroll through Vallaskogen Nature Reserve took me to Valla Farm, with a museum featuring rustic history, farm animals, a large play area and a miniature golf course.

While in a city in Europe, one thing you do not want to miss is to see the city center or town square. Many things can be seen around the city center, in addition to shops and restaurants, there are two churches, Linköping cathedral, and saint Lars' Church.

Saint Lars' Church, it is located in the corner of storgatan and st Larsgatan. The building is not too big and has stood since the 19th century with the dominance of white, very classic with a dark green bell tower that always sounds three times each day.

The next church is the Linköping cathedral, the work of architect Helgo Zettervall. as one of the pride of the city of Linköping, this classical neo-style building dates back to the 12th century and takes about 300 years from the 1230s to build it until it ends between 1885 and 1886. this church is an enlargement of the previous church which is considered too small to accommodate the congregation. The north entrance is the oldest part of the church, along with the Roman Arch on the choir area, where the great cross of victory is hung.

This church is also home to many art treasures, one of which is the controversial Henrik sorensen, an altar painted in 1935 describing Jesus rising from the tomb on Easter morning.

The yellow building that looks like a mansion is the place where city governments work. Founded in 1864, the building was originally a high school that has changed its functionality as a town hall since 1921.

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