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Örebro is an old town on the route from Stockholm westwards towards Gothenburg or Norway . It has been a town and a market place at least since the 13th century. This was originally based on its strategic position at the crossroads between the east-west water route on the big lakes (Mälaren and Hjälmaren and further towards Vänern) and the north-south land route on a major esker. A medieval fortress on an island in the river Svartån traversing the town was transformed into a major castle in the 16th century. It is still a landmark in the city centre. During much of the 19th and 20th centuries Örebro was well-known for its many shoe factories. These are all gone today and Örebro is now a university town. Most of the old buildings were removed in the 1950s and 1960s and replaced by modern blocks, but a few of the old houses were re-erected in an area named Wadköping after a well-known Swedish novel by Hjalmar Bergman. Water-towers mimicking a mushroom are today spread over the world, but the very first one was built in Örebro in 1958. (There is an exact copy in Riyadh , Saudi-Arabia.) The marshes around the outlet of the river Svartån into the lake Hjälmaren are a famous bird area, lately developed into a major tourist attraction.
September 06, 2006 new by ingvar (4 points)