What we see first of all – there are houses, many of whom are about 200 years old. And some of them are up to 300 y.o. But they look so good, that it seems they were built yesterday.
I can say that Sweden began to develop in the city of Uppsala, to the north of Stockholm.
And here - from III-IV centuries, it was the residence of the kings who ruled the Swedish nation. And it was the political center of Sweden. And here there are mounds where these kings were buried.
In ancient times the Vikings traveled by the river to this town on their rooks.
What's interesting - BC time, it was the ice age in the world. And almost the whole Sweden peninsula was hidden beneath the ice. Ice pressed to the ground, and therefore, the ground level was much lower than the present. Many rivers were navigable. However, at the end of the Ice Age, the ice melt, and the level of the land went up pretty quickly! That is why, Fyuris river on which stands Uppsala is now partly navigable.
Also, Uppsala was the main pagan center in Sweden. Only v1164 year Christians built their church here. And now Christian center bloomed here for the entire peninsula. In 1240 the church, unfortunately, partly burned. Part of it – it is now an ancient monument.
And after the fire, people decided not to rebuild the church and build a new, slightly south, around which there was a modern Uppsala. It was built during 150 years and completed construction in 1435.
Besides of it – Uppsala was the cultural center. Uppsala University is the oldest university in Scandinavia, founded in 1477. And now there are many students in Uppsala, who came here to learn and acquire knowledge!
Stockholm was the economic center of Sweden thanks to its location, convenient for receiving vessels. It was built, as we know, before 1187. Than times it was a small village located on a tiny island with the radius of about 800 meters. By the way, the word Stockholm translates as "Island in the Gulf". Now this place is called Gamla Stan - Old Town. And here you can see a lot of old buildings of 300-400 years old!
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