Lincoln’s Twins- Part 1

The idea of ‘twinning’ a town or city with another in a different country was conceived shortly after the Second World War. It was believed that by twinning two cities with each other you would foster better relationships between the two and greater cultural understanding would come from the union.

Did you know that Lincoln is a sextuplet? Our historic city is twinned with five other places across the world, making us the sixth in our little family. But how much do we know about our relations on the far side of the world? Does Lincoln have anything in common with any of them?

Well, we decided to find out with a six-part series looking at each of Lincoln’s international twins;

Lincoln’s Twins Part One: Lincoln, United Kingdom

First in our series of Lincoln’s Twins there is our very own Lincoln, right here in the United Kingdom. Originally an Iron Age settlement, Lincoln was expanded during the Roman occupation of Britain and renamed Lindum (from the original Celtic name of Lindon).

Since its foundation, Lincoln has seen a number of incredible additions made to its landscape, most notably being Lincoln Cathedral. It was reputedly the tallest building in the world for 238 years (1311–1549) and has become ingrained with the folklore and legends of the area, with stories such as The Lincoln Imp and Little Saint Hugh of Lincoln reaching far and wide across the UK.

Another of Lincoln’s most famous landmarks is Lincoln Castle, home of the Magna Carta and location of many of the events and festivals that come to Lincoln throughout the year. The castle has been undergoing renovations during the past year and in 2015 will open its doors once again to visitors wishing to explore its amazing history.

Come back next week for the next edition of Lincoln’s Twins!

Author Bio: Charlotte has been writing online content for newspapers, magazines and websites for the past eight years. She now works at Spiral Media in Lincoln where she supports a number of ecommerce clients with their content and communication strategies.

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