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The small Swedish city of Sigtuna has very rich and inconsistent history. For Russians, this city is especially interesting. I've found it out during our visiting Sigtuna in August 2006.


It is considered, that the city was established in 980 by King Erik Segersäll (Eric the Victorious). While other sources claim his son - King Olof Skötkonung as a founder of the city. Sigtuna - one of the oldest, and probably the oldest city in Sweden. Olof Skötkonung, minted Sweden's first coin there. From a small settlement the large city gradually grew and became the first Swedish capital. From 1000 the residence of bishop was settled down there.

More than 200 years Sigtuna was the largest shopping center of Sweden.
Sigtuna was rather favorably located on a coast of the lake Melaren connected by passage with the Baltic sea.

The central position in relation to the basic areas of Sweden transformed Sigtuna into the main port for foreign trade of the country. The old, trading ways laid by Normen connected coast of the lake of Melaren with the countries of east coasts of the Baltic sea: Finland, Estonia and rich Russian grounds, and with the countries laying to the south from the Baltic, - slavic Pomorze and Germany, and with located to the West Denmark.

Sigtuna was, obviously, also an intermediary in trade between Russia and countries of Western Europe. The fact is well known, that in the XII century in this city there was significant enough layer of Russian population. It told us about sizes and value of trade with Russia in life of Sigtuna.




For Russians Sigtuna is remarkable by two circumstances. Its name is connected with well-known Ingigerda - a wife of the Grand duke of Kiev Jaroslav Mudry. The second circumstance is connected with well-known Sigtunian gate decorating the Cathedral of Sacred Sofia in Novgorod, and taken out of Sigtuna by Russian soldiers in 1187 after attack and destruction of the city.

That is why I consider my visiting to Sigtuna a significant event for me.

  • Last visit to Sigtuna: Aug 2006
  • Intro Updated Oct 11, 2006
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  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Jan 6, 2014 at 9:26 AM

    Sergey, fantastic little page about Sigtuna here. I especially like all the historic info about the town. Interesting to read that a gate copy from Sigtuna can be found in Moscow's History Museum.

    • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
      Jan 6, 2014 at 9:55 AM

      Thank you, Holger! It's especially pleasant knowing that you've also been there recently.

  • Redang's Profile Photo
    May 17, 2010 at 10:30 PM

    I'll go there in August; thanks!

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Dec 6, 2009 at 12:26 PM

    It's a great place to visit!

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Apr 14, 2008 at 5:12 AM

    Lovely page on Sigtune. Especially enjoyed the story about Ingigerda. That "unusual goose" certainly looks like one of our native Canada Goose. Perhaps he was in Sweden on holiday!

  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Apr 29, 2007 at 9:05 PM

    Excellent page, very informative. I was in Sigtuna some years ago for a scientific meeting but sadly enough have visited none of the great places you mention (short of free time)! Too bad! Your Sigtuna goose is Brenta Canadensis, the Canadian goose.

  • traveldave's Profile Photo
    Feb 24, 2007 at 6:40 AM

    I had never heard of Sigtuna, so I appreciated learning about this pretty town by reading your page.

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Feb 21, 2007 at 12:31 AM

    It looks like a lovely town. Fascinating ruins and old history I didn't know. Nice picture of Sigtuna's goose. I also like houses in Storagatan and dog's training :-)

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Jan 15, 2007 at 9:39 AM

    I have heared now so much about this tiny old town but missed to visit it last December. So it is nice to read your writings about Sigtuna :-)) Very interesting old history :-)

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Nov 14, 2006 at 9:30 AM

    St. Olaf and St. Peter ruins are fascinating & you do a superior job relating the important information. Loved the church, museum, small town hall, the wonderful door with all its significant history,the lake & goose. Great work.

  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Nov 2, 2006 at 10:10 PM

    Sigtuna is a lovely town! Interesting to hear about the Russian conection!

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