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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Linkoping is located in Ostergotland province and in Ostrogothia region, on the southern part of Roxen lake, on the way from Stockholm to Helsingborg.
Together with its suburbs, it forms the fifth municipality of Sweden, Linkopings kommun with 136,190 inhabitants, out of which around 95,000 are living in the town.
Linkoping owns much of its rapid expansion to the establishment in 1937 of the famous Swedish aircraft concern SAAB (Svenska Aeroplan AB).
The fighter aircraft JAS 39 Gripen, its predecessors Lansen, Draken and Viggen or civilian models Saab 340 and Saab 2000 are all of them connected to Linkoping where the development and the manufacturing have been made.
The triptych made by the Dutch artist Maerten van Heemskerck had an interesting history.
The altarpiece was made for St Lawrence Church in Alkmaar, Noord-Holland.
During the ruling of the Calvinists, the painting was sold by the city council to the king of Sweden, but while it was transported to the new location an accident took place.
The triptych was miraculously rescued and donated by the king to the Linkoping cathedral.
Today in Alkmaar church can be seen a giant printed reproduction of the triptych.
The beautiful triptych was made in 1935 by the Norwegian artist Henrik Sorensen.
The motif of the triptych is the resurrected Jesus Christ accompanied on both sides by prophets, saints and Christians.
This very modern triptych replaced the Dutch one dating from 1530, which is now displayed in the southern aisle.
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.
The current St Lars Kyrkan was built in 19th century and it is the third to be built on this site.
The first church was a wooden stave church built in the 11th century, while the second one was in use until 1802.
In the church's crypt remains of the Medieval church beneath the floor of the present church can be still seen.
The church has a "Glockenspiel" which plays three times a day.
The city's treasure, Linkoping Cathedral, is dating from the second half of the 12th century.
The cathedral was modified and extended in the following centuries: the transept was changed, the west wall was completed in the 14th century and in 1500 the Cathedral was considered complete.
Dominating the skyline of Linkoping, this is probably the best preserved of all Gothic cathedrals in Sweden.
The cathedral is the seat of the bishop in the Church of Sweden.
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 tower was built with the help of the State Lottery organized in 1747-1758 and was rebuilt between 1877-1886 by Helgo Zettervall.
In 1960 the two east towers were added.
The tower is 107 meters high.