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Falkoping

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Falköping is a locality and the seat of Falköping Municipality, Västra Götaland County, Sweden. It had 16,350 inhabitants in 2010.HistoryThe city of Falköping was first spoken of in the Rimbegla-document which is a part of the Westrogothic law It was also an important site of pilgrimage due to its 12th-century church dedicated to Saint Olaf . The city was heading for a shut-down during the 16th century and was even burnt to the ground by the Danish during the Northern Seven Years' War. However the city survived and was rebuilt. The people simply refused to leave their beautiful landscape even if it meant having to deal with another Danish invasion.Falköping or Falbygden is widely known for its ancient remains of stone-, bronze- and iron-age. The city is located between the two "Platåberg" Mösseberg and Ålleberg. The location has been inhabited since the end of the ice age and cultivated by people for the last 6000 years. The oldest find is a form of megalithic grave called "Dös" dating back to 3400 B.C. But there is also 28 "Gånggrifter" dating back to 3300 B.C. Also several "Hällkistor" have been found here, they can be traced back to earlier stone age ) 2400–1500 B.C and are believed to be built or inspired by travelers from England or other countries where this kind of grave building was used. Falköping is the only town in Europe with this amount of megalithic graves as visible contribution to the city image. They can be found in parks, crossings, and even in the backyards of homes. Hence it seem that people throughout time have wanted to live in this open landscape known as "Falbygden".
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