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The peaceful and charming city of Lincoln is situated in the East Midlands of England, on the bank of the Witham River. This beautiful settlement is the administrative center of the country of Lincolnshire. Lincoln is one of the main and important historic cities in the United Kingdom. Tourists from many countries of the world come here to see beautiful old landmarks that belong to different historic periods. Besides that, there are many beautiful parks in Lincoln that add unforgettable charm to this English city and make the ancient settlement look modern and sophisticated.
In ancient times, a fortification was raised on the site of the modern city. That fortification belonged to the 9th Roman Legion. The first colony outside the fortification was established in 71 AD and named Lindum. This was a popular place to settle for veteran soldiers. During the archaeological excavations, scientists discovered many proofs of the ancient city that was here. They found a cemetery, several baths, a beautiful fountain, and other ruins of the former Lindum colonia. During the Middle Ages, Lincoln was one of the five Danelaw cities. Thanks to its location at the crossing of several important trading routes, the city was prospering and developing quickly.
At a certain time in the history of Lincoln, this city was minting coins. When Wilhelm the Conqueror came to England to fight and make this territory his own, Lincoln was one of the first cities that attracted his attention. The city’s location on a hill was one of the reasons for this. It was simple and convenient to control the surrounding territory from Lincoln, and so the Norman ruler made an order to build fortifications and a castle on the hill. The first railroad appeared in the region in the 19th century. It connected Lincoln to other regions of England. Starting from that time, the city became an important center of the steel industry. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
Why is England’s Lincoln so attractive for tourists? Lincoln Cathedral or the Cathedral Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Lincoln is one of the major attractions in the city. This is a wonderful example of Gothic architecture. The construction of the cathedral started in the 12th century and lasted until 1311. The cathedral was one hundred and sixty meters tall but its height decreased at the end of the 40s of the 16th century due to the damage caused to the central spire. Until that event, Lincoln Cathedral was the tallest building in the world. Its height exceeded even the Great Pyramid of Giza.
The Bishop of Dorchester was the person who initially decided to build a cathedral dedicated to the Virgin Mary in Lincoln. However, builders were in a hurry and tried to complete the church as fast as possible. Naturally, this affected the quality of the building. An earthquake, which happened at the end of the 11th century, destroyed the cathedral. When the original building was in ruins, the new bishop, who later became known as St. Hugh of Lincoln, decided to build a new and bigger cathedral. Residents of Lincoln could see the new gorgeous building already in the 90s of the 13th century. Art connoisseurs agree that the Cathedral Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Lincoln is one of the best examples of the English Gothic style.
Tourists also enjoy visiting Lincoln Castle that has survived through centuries. This is exactly the same building that Wilhelm the Conqueror ordered to build. In modern times, the castle has become a prison museum. Visit this interesting place to see how prisoners lived in the past and learn more about the severe laws of the Middle Ages. A special stair heads to the observatory tower. There is a special viewing area at the top of the tower. This is an excellent place to see the beauty of Lincoln and its suburbs from above and enjoy the fabulous panoramic views.
Are you interested in historic artifacts? In this case, don’t forget to see the exhibition of the Usher Gallery. This establishment features thousands of different items that belong to different periods in the history of Lincoln. New items and relics are being constantly added to the large collection of this museum, so no wonder why many tourists visit the Usher Gallery every year. The number of guests doesn’t decrease even though many of them have already visited the gallery in the past.
In the gallery, visitors can see an interesting collection of coins and various artworks made of porcelain. Many visitors find it extremely interesting to see a large and diverse collection of wristwatches. Local jeweler and watchmaker James Ward Usher gifted these interesting items to the museum in the 17th century. Generations of locals and millions of foreign guests have seen these artworks since that time.
English Lincoln is situated not far from several airports including Doncaster Sheffield Airport in Yorkshire, Humberside Airport, and East Midlands Airport. Each of these airports serves international flights from many countries of the world. Upon your arrival in England, you can always get on a train that goes directly to Lincoln. Besides that, there are daily buses that connect Lincoln to the capital of the UK. They depart from the central bus station in London. The journey time is roughly five hours.

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Map of all castles
Survived castles around Lincoln
♥   Castle 'Lincoln Castle Lincoln' , 0.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Somerton Castle' , 12.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Torksey Castle' , 15.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Newark Castle' , 24.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Tattershall Castle' LincolnshireTattershall, 27.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all parks
National and city parks around Lincoln
♥   Regional Park 'Stones Country' , 139 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Sights around Lincoln from our guide 'Extreme places on Earth'

Pont de Sign

From the series “The Most Unusual and Strange Bridges on Earth”
The enchanting bridge has brought many well-known architects more attention to the interaction with nature. The bold design by Olivier Grossetete has given the excellent idea to the modern construction workers and the architects who now believe that the full and functional bridges can be built which will fulfill their intended application and support the environmental equilibrium. … Read further

St. John's Hospital

From the series “The Most Mysterious Buildings (Houses, Palaces, Castles) in the World”
It’s noteworthy that many patients witnessed paranormal phenomena and told doctors about suddenly erupts into flames and chilling screams, but nobody listened the words of mentally ill patients. Tourists visiting the hospital today often complain of sudden panic attacks and headaches. The St. John’s Hospital is reasonably considered one of the darkest and most mysterious buildings in the world. … Read further
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