While the twinning of two cities around the world is well established the historic city of York has taken the concept one step further.
York has become the first place in the world to be twinned with itself after being “temporally twinned” - meaning the modern city is twinned with its Norse predecessor, the Viking city of Jorvik.
“The whole idea of twinning cities was to promote better understanding between different cultures, and to build economic links between two locations.
“We’ve been doing this for the last 30 years with the Viking city that stood where York is today, with visitors coming to the modern city to learn about the Vikings,” said Coun Sonja Crisp, cabinet member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism at York Council, which has worked with experts from York Archaeological Trust to set up the twinning.
Interest in the Vikings has brought millions of visitors to the city, attracted not only by the recreation of a tenth-century cityscape at Jorvik Viking Centre, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2014, but also by the wealth of Norse antiquities on display within the city’s museums and attractions.
New ‘Welcome to York – twinned with the Viking City of Jorvik’ signs are being placed on major roads into the city to welcome visitors.