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History of Aalborg

Aalborg traces its history back over 1000 years. It was originally settled as a trading post, because of its position on the Limfjord. The sites of what were two settlements and a visible burial ground can be seen on Lindholm Høje, a hill overlooking the city.

The size of these settlements emphasise the significance of this place as a crossroads.

The first mention of Aalborg under its original name Alabu, is found on a coin dated to 1040. An alternative spelling is Alebu and an approximate translation of the name is The (dwelling) place by the stream.

During the Middle Ages, Aalborg prospered and became one of the largest cities in Denmark. This prosperity was further enhanced when in 1516 Aalborg was granted a monopoly in salt herring.

Aalborg received town privileges in 1342 and the bishopric dates from 1554.

During the German invasion of Denmark in 1940, the Aalborg Aerodrome was captured by German paratroopers very early in the action. In fact Aalborg is said to be the first city ever to be captured by paratroopers.

Modified: 2007-03-04 10:31:09+01
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aalborg


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