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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 town of Falköping was first spoken of in the Icelandic Rimbegla, and is mentioned in the Westrogothic law. It was also an important site of pilgrimage due to its 12th-century church dedicated to Saint Olaf . The town 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 town survived and was rebuilt.Falköping or Falbygden is widely known for its ancient remains of Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age. The town is located between the two plateaus 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 tomb called dolmen, dating back to 3400 B.C. But there is also 28 passage graves dating back to 3300 B.C. Also several cists 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 these kind of graves were constructed. Falköping is the only town in Europe with this amount of megalithic graves as visible contribution to the town image. They can be found in parks, crossings, and even in the backyards of homes.
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