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Giving you a break from the rat race which life has become, the Missionskyrkan church helps you to shed the worries of the day through its peaceful atmosphere. The church usually remains open and is the site of various meetings and events and activities. Special activities are organized by the church for children teenagers and young adults so that going to the church is an interesting event rather than something parents instruct you to do.
Linköping lies about 27 miles (43.45 kilometers) southwest of Norrköping in southern parts of Sweden. The history of the lovely city goes back to more than 700 years. Home to the beautiful Linköping Cathedral, Östergötland's capital city also includes attractions such as Cloetta Center and Friluftsmuseet Gamla Linköping, to name a few. Linköping is also quite famous for its rich cultural heritage and the volley of such experiences it offers. The Linköping University, located in southwestern parts of the Linköping, is often claimed to be one of the best educational institutes in Sweden. As such it is counted among the five largest cities in the country.
Now a whitewashed modern-looking structure, Sankt Lars Kyrka actually dates back to the medieval ages. The first four floors of the church were built during the times of Bishop Kol who was bishop in the early 12th Century. The cellar in the church was excavated by an archaeological team and found to date back even further. The church was restored by Agi Lindegren between 1906 and 1907 thereby making it look much more new than it really is.
Linköping Cathedral or Linköpings domkyrka, as the locals call it, is situated right at the heart of the city. Located on Persgatan, the 800 year old, majestic building has a history that goes back to 11th Century. Over the years and centuries, the church has been reconstructed many times, it was only in the 15th Century that a glorious Gothic facade was incorporated at the sight. Later again, in 1967, a 17th-century roof became a part of the church facade. Nevertheless, the interiors of the church remains more or less unchanged - magnificent high arches fill the place with natural light that reflects brilliantly on beautiful sculptures and artworks that were created by some of the greatest artists of the country. The Linköping Cathedral is often claimed to be one of the finest examples of Scandinavia churches; open between 9a and 6p, all week, it makes for a marvelous visit.
Surrounding the Linkoping Castle, the beautiful Kungstradgarden serves as a tourist attraction in the city of Linkoping. Marked by lush greenery this place has become a popular landmark. Spacious and well-maintained, Kungstradgarden is also used for hosting cultural events and live concerts.
Located in the city of Linköping, Valla Wood is a beautiful little nature reserve used by tourists and locals for jogging, biking, dog walking and bird watching. Spread over 400 hectares (988 acres), the woods serve as a peaceful green sanctuary of the city. A rich variety of flora and fauna reside in the forests where you can spot many insects, birds, rabbits and even deer at times.
LiU, the state university is located towards southwest of Linköping, one of the largest cities in Sweden. Established in 1969, Linköping University (LiU) officially became a full-fledged university in 1975. The predominantly research-based educational institution LiU is considered to be one of the most prestigious universities in the country. As such, the university offers over 140 courses, many of which are advanced study programs. They're are quite famous the diverse inter-disciplinary degree programs they offer, in fields such as Social and Welfare Studies, Management and Engineering, Medical and Health Sciences, Computer and Information Science and lots more.
Bergs Slussar are locks in the Gota Canal that help connect the Roxen lake in Sweden to the Motala lake to the west. These locks are a proof of human ingenuity and engineering. In all, there are seven locks and two double locks in the canal but the Carl Johans lock is the longest of all the locks along the canal. Apart from these man-made marvels, the place also attracts tourists for it's natural beauty and a host of other attractions like restaurants, cafes, supermarket, gift shops, hairdressers and a hostel. There are jetties and a golf course too up here.
Located near the city of Linköping, the Vreta Abbey is a historical and architectural attraction of the region dating back to the 12th Century. It is considered to be one of the first nunneries in Scandinavia and has followed the Benedictine and Cisterican order. It was run by nuns for more than three centuries until 1582 when the last of them died, leaving it in ruins. Today, the remnants of the monastic buildings can be visited along with the preserved church, barn and adjoining museum.
Located on the shore of Ärlången lake, the Sturefors Castle is a historical and architectural monument of the region. Built in 1704, it has been remarkably well preserved throughout the ages. It is a privately owned estate and not open to the public.
Located on the shore of lake Roxen, the Stjärnorp Castle is a historical ruin dating back to 1655. It was built by Field Marshal Robert Douglas for his family. The castle served as a residential house until 1789 when it was destroyed by a devastating fire. The adjoining chapel however was restored and continues to function as the parish church chapel.
Built in 18th century, this castle speaks volumes of history of the region. This Baroque styled palace was donated to the church in 1980s by Ekman family and underwent restoration. Presently, it is the a seat for ecumenical community. During the summers, the castle houses a cafe where you can enjoy some delectable cuisine and beverages. You can enjoy a guided tour of this beautiful castle during the months of June to August and is open for group bookings in other months of the year. The tour talks about its great architecture and its rich history. Visit their website for more information and bookings.