If you expect to see a huge impressive square in the center of the city, it is not the case in Linkoping.
Stora Torget (Grand Square) is just a normal square surrounded by relatively low buildings, some of them part of international hotel chains.
In 1960 the area around Stora Torget (Grand Square) was reorganized and many old houses have been dismantled and some of them moved to Gamla Linkoping outside the central part of the town.
I've been particularly surprised to find the sign with the names of Linkoping's sister cities in from of the Town Hall.
And this is because among the names of different cities all over the world, I have found also the name of a Romanian city, Oradea, which is located at 1,331km away from Linkoping.
Long ride back home, isn't it?
The pulpit is definitely one of the cathedral's most beautiful ornaments.
The blue colored wooden pulpit is decorated with golden angels and particularly beautiful is the golden sun on the pulpit's upper side.
The tree of life, made of silver, gold and glass, was made by Carl Gustav Jahnsson, Jan Ostwald and Torbjorn Vogt and placed in the cathedral in 1997.
The tree has 153 golden leaves and different fruits symbolizing the virtues.
The tree of life is the symbol of eternal life.
Both the famous Göta Canal and the smaller but very nice Kinda Canal run through Linköping municipality - Kinda even through the city itself. Linköping therefore has more locks than anywhere in the country, and if you want to see them, head for Tannefors in the city to see the triple lock at Kinda Canal, or head to the village of Berg outside the city to see one of the most famous Göta Canal locks. You can also go on various boat trips on both canals - ask for current ships at the tourist office. Although Göta Canal is the more famous one, Kinda Canal runs through more forested countryside and several lakes, and is also the canal with the deepest locks in the country.
A really nice open air museum where you find a wooden town preserved the way Sweden used to look - and still does here and there. You can visit the shop to buy old fashioned candy and souvenirs, or any of the other typical establishments from old times such as the pottery. When you've seen enough, there is the whole Valla recreational area to relax in, with a small train taking families around to see the farm animals and discover the big playground.
Linköping Old Town is a proteced area that shows how small town looked like a hundred years ago. With cobbled streets, old residential homes, craftmanship stores and backyards and alleys. Next to it is Vallaskogen, a nature reserve with many ancient remains.
This beautiful triptych which looks very modern, was actually made in 1935. The motif is the resurrected Christ and accompanied on both sides by prophets, saints and christians.
The artist was the Norwegian Henrik Sörensen.
This work replaced the Dutch triptych from 1530, which now can be seen in the southern aisle.
Linköping Castle houses today a museum of town's history and the history of the cathedral. You can see the treasure of the cathedral dating back to the 12th century, including several silver objects and manuscripts.
The Old Town takes you back in time. Cobbled streets, wooden houses and small alleys invite you to stroll around. Most of the buildings are over 150 years old. This part of Linköping has been a museum since the 1940s.
A museum loated at the same airfield, Malmen, as the first Swedish aviator Carl Cederström started an air school for navy and air force pilots in 1912.
The museum has the task of collecting and preserving airplanes and artifacts from our aviation history. They have an large collection of planes including, The Flying Barrel, Lansen, Spitfire, Draken and Viggen.
A special part in the nave is devoted to Virgin Maria. A big ornated glass window with flowers covers the wall. If you are lucky with the light outside you will have a very fine view from inside of this artistic work. See also some more pictures in t-log.
From old documents you can see that the huge Cathedral in Linköping was under construction as early as 1232. But it lasted until 1516 when the cathedral was terminated with a copper roof. Due to the long construction time you will find different styles. For instance the old front door is made in roman style while the doors on the south side are gothic.
There are many stone works in the cathedral. As many as 172 different stone masons has been identified from their mason marks. There have been found 6000 marked stones.
This new library was constructed after the disasterous fire that destroyed the old one some years ago. A new collection of books were obtained in a very swift way through subsidaries, gifts, systematically buyings of valuable books and so on. Linköping has to be proud over this new library, although it is sad that so many unvalorable old books were destroyed in the fire.
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Gamla Linköping is a must see. It is great fun to walk through the town and see the old styles of the houses, and see the pictures of what Linköping once looked like.
Be sure to take the time to walk through the different gardens, take a ice cream or buy fresh candy from one of the vendors.