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Sigtuna is situated on Lake Mälaren close to Stockholm. It is believed to be the only Swedish town dating from the transition between Viking times and the Middle Ages, i.e. the period around AD 1000-1200.

The town was newly constructed, just like many other Scandinavian towns in the Viking Age and constructed with of plots and roads of fixed size. The plots are 7-8 m wide and 30-40 m long.

The Swedish King Eric the Victorious is considered to be the founder of Sigtuna (AD 980). Sigtuna acquired municipal privileges in AD 1010.

Sigtuna existed as a royal town, Episcopal town and commercial centre for about 250 years.

Sigtuna c. 1700. Engraving from Suecia antiqua et hodierna
image: Wikimedia

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