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The history of Gothenburg is embraced in many ways throughout the city. Gothenburg was founded in 1621 by Gustav II Adolf, but it was not the first town at the river Göta älv’s outlet. At the end of the 15th century, Nya Lödöse was built, and became an important trade city for Sweden. Before that, it was possibly a Viking stronghold. Gothenburg has been burned to the ground by invaders several times, each time rebuilding the city. The city was a fortified city and was designed by some of the most revered city engineers of the world at the time.

There are remnants of the stone walls which protected the city 400 years ago.

In 1923, Gothenburg hosted a World's Fair to coincide with it's 300 year anniversary (1621-1921). Many of the important tourist attractions were build during that time including Liseberg Amusement Park.

The arts exhibition building is now a contemporary arts gallery, the Göteborgs Konsthall near to the Götaplatsen square with Poseidon's statue at it's centre, which was inaugurated for the fair.

The celebration of the history of the city can be seen in many places. Inside Liseberg there are historic nods to the original intent of the park.

There are posters on the streets that depict the rebirth of Gothenburg as the city prepared for the 1923 World's Fair.

Statues of Gustav II Adolf who was the city's original imagineer and along with many other statues, highlight Gothenburg's long history as you walk through the streets.
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Gothenburg's City Museum is the official place to get a better understanding of the city's history.

The Museum of Gothenburg is located in the East India House, which takes up a whole city quarter. The three sides of the building that are built in yellow brick are from the mid-1700s. The fourth part, the Wilson Wing, located at the back of the Museum is from the late 1800s.

The building originally housed the East India Company headquarters for the Swedish division. The East India Company was a trading company which sent silver to China and India and traded it for porcelain, tea, spices and other goods to bring back to Sweden. In the 1800s the company was not profitable anymore and sold the building to the Swedish government and to the city of Gothenburg. in 1861 it opened as a museum and, although it has changed, renovated and been build onto, it remains a testament to Gothenburg's history.

Inside the museum is housed a visual history of Gothenburg with many displays and artifacts. It has a viking exhibit which includes the remains of a viking cargo ship.

The displays take the participant through the 400 year history of Gothenburg as a city and ends with a look to the present-day Gothenburg which is aptly a window to the street outside.

Gothenburg is a city rich in history and a city that celebrates its beginnings but looks forward to what it can become.

Posted by blgracey 13:46 Archived in Sweden

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Wow, those statues are incredible. Must have been so amazing to see all the history of a place.

by Kristi Plain

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