Winter in Sigtuna
The main street in the old town of Sigtuna, a medieval town of 8,000 inhabitants, founded in AD 970 by King Eric the Victorious, making it the first town in Sweden. Important parts of the original town structure still remains, including the Main Street (Stora gatan). Wooden buildings and houses from the 18th and 19th century are located all along the main street.
The museum of Sigtuna in winter time. The Museum is located on the old royal site, right in the middle of town. The permanent exhibition “Town of Kings, Home of Vikings” illustrates Sigtuna's development from its founding at the end of the 900's until the Middle Ages. Here you will see the latest findings - gold rings, coins samples, inscriptions and exclusive things from Russia and Byzantium.
The ruin of the church St Per in the evening sun. Sigtuna was founded to be the first Christian town in Sweden – the national centre of the new religion. During the middle Ages, as many as seven large stone churches were erected by merchant guilds and wealthy townspeople. Today, the ruins of three remain: St. Peter’s, St. Lawrence’s, and St. Olaf’s (St. Per, St. Lars, and St. Olof).
A very cold morning in Sigtuna.
New ice covers the lake Mälaren. Soon the ice will be strong enough to walk and skate on. In the winter many people skate between Uppsala and Stockholm passing Sigtuna on their way.
For Sigtuna, water routes have always proved important. 1 000 years ago, the water ways were the most convenient for long distance travelling. Due to insufficient roads, journeying at land proved hard. Sigtuna’s founder, King Erik the Victorious, sought a place from which to yield power. It had to be situated at the shores of Lake Mälaren – yet at a good distance from the heathen city of Uppsala.
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