Visby Off The Beaten Path

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    Stora Karlso Island

    by starship Updated Aug 20, 2007

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    Stora Karlso (sorry, again no grammatical accents could be added here) is a special island for several reasons, not the least of which is an amazing abundance of birds---razorbills, peregrin falcons, guillemots, etc. The island just off the west coast of Gotland, is also home to sheep, but it is the sea bird population which tends to attract the interest of bird fanciers especially in breeding season. In addition, there is a lighthouse and caves where Stone Age artifacts have been found.

    We didn't have time to the visit the island, but for those staying longer, the 40 minute boat ride from Klintehamn may be just the ticket. The island has only one restaurant and a small inn for overnight visitors. Come prepared with reservations for the inn. It wouldn't hurt to bring food as well. It would be best to do some internet research to check for updated information (if any) on accommodations, restaurants, attractions, seasonal activities etc.

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    The Island of Faro

    by starship Updated Aug 20, 2007

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    The small island of Faro (sorry the gramatical accents are missing) is just across a narrow channel at the northern tip of Gotland. A ferry ride of less than 10 minutes across the Farosund brings you to this island where time has stood still. It is an island of undisturbed beauty with 17th century farmsteads and cottages. Sheep are more plentiful than people here. Sheep and people lead a peaceful life, and the pace of life is even more leisurely than the relatively bustling Visby.

    If you are considering going to Faro, contact the Visby Tourist Office for ferry information and availability of accommodations.

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    Wilby Apothek

    by globetrott Updated Aug 18, 2014

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    Wilby Apothek is the only inscription that I have found on this interesting building in the style of one of the many former warehouses of the Hanse in Visby/ Gotland.
    "Apothek" means pharmacy and Wilby might be the owners name. You will find Wilby Apothek in Strandgatan, just a few meters from Packhusplan and it is a private residency nowadays.
    Take a walk around the building,it is a medieval house made of natural stones and there are some interesting details in the facade !

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    Kapitelshuset - The Chapter-house

    by globetrott Written Aug 16, 2014

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    The Chapter-house dates back to the first half of the 13th century and it is unique in its kind in Visby.
    The original function of this house is unknown and the name Kapitelshuset (=Chapter-House) is used for it since the 17th century, when the building was bought by the Visby parish and used for church services.
    The building was not open when I was there, BUT I saw an announcement for a a middleage-restaurant or something similar, read more about it on their Webpage, unfortunately it is only in swedish !

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    The South Gate

    by globetrott Written Aug 16, 2014

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    The South Gate of the medieval townwall of Visby is one of the largest gates and the ordinnary trafic with cars and trucks is able to drive through it as well. And next to the gates you will see a massive and high wall standing like that now for several centuries already.
    All of the ancient towngates of Visby are nowadays used for all of the cartrafic going through,but in summertime the area inside the citywalls is closed for cartrafic except for the local people, so be prepared..

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    The walk along the townwalls

    by globetrott Written Aug 17, 2014

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    You will be able to walk a scenic path along the outside of the medieval townwalls
    of Visby, so you get an impression, what the city looked like in the medieval times.
    In a few places you will see the new town getting pretty Close to the old walls, but mostly the new houses keep quite some distance and there is a great recreation-area there in front of the citywalls.

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    The Milltower

    by globetrott Written Aug 17, 2014

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    The milltower is constructed a little bit different from the other towers of the medieval townwalls of Visby. The Tower has a round wall on one side and it looks a bit like a windmill without wings, but obviously the name comes from the millstones, that were produced in that tower in the 19th century.
    In my last 2 photos: another gate of the townwall.

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    Drotten Church

    by globetrott Written Aug 17, 2014

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    Drotten church is opposite of the church of St. Lars in the centre of the old town of Visby. Drotten Church was built in the 13th century and dedicated to the Holy Trinity. The church is the commonly known as "Drotten" as drotten is an old norse word for "ruler" and "god"
    The church was abandoned at the Reformation in the 16th century.

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    Stora Torget / The Market Square of Visby

    by globetrott Written Aug 15, 2014

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    Stora Torget was used as a marketplace already 5500 years ago and used by Stone Age fishermen and seal-hunters. Stora means large and torget is the square.
    When I was there in June 2014 the market square of Visby had just a few tables with some souvenirs for sale and some stands with cheap clothes.
    What was more interesting there were lots of cafes and restaurants that were preparing and setting up the tables for the Midsummernights-festivities.
    There are the ruins of St. Catherines church as well, but the doors of it were locked.

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    St. Clemens Kyrkoruin - St. Clement Church ruin

    by globetrott Written Aug 17, 2014

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    St. Clement Church ruin is another quite impressive churchruin and obviously it is a popular place for weddings. And so I was lucky to be there when a wedding was going on on the day of Midsommarafton, the afternoon before the Midsummer-festivities.
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    Normally St. Clement Church is open for visitors:
    daily from 11.00am till 05.00pm
    except when a wedding is held there !
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    And in the Hotell St. Clemens next to the ruins you can order a
    picnic basket with coffee/tea, cookies, bun and a blanket to sit on for
    50 SEK per person !
    What a great idea !

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    Strandporten & Packhusplan

    by globetrott Updated Aug 16, 2014

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    There is this small square with a fountain in the middle close to Almedalen, where our walkingtour through the old town of Visby started. Lilla Strandporten is the name of the small gate through the medieval townwall there and a concrete ram makes sure that no car will go through there.
    Around of this square you will see some interesting houses and former warehouses in the style of the old Hanse-houses with a high Roof and a crane under the Roof, in front of the highest window.

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    The Gate of St. George & the Hospital

    by globetrott Written Aug 15, 2014

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    In the nord part of the old town of Visby you will find the Gate of St. George and the ruins of the Hospital. In the 13th century this hospital used to be the biggest of its kind in northern Europe, beeing able to accomodate some hundreds of patients.
    The stonebridge in front of the gate is a reconstruction from 1901. Nowadays you will find a nice recreation-area outside of the citywalls, like you can see it in my extra photos.

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    The former prison is a hostel now

    by globetrott Updated Aug 16, 2014

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    Close to the port you will see a strange building with a high wall around of it and a watchtower and what might seem to be a well fortified castle in the first moment will turn out to be a former prison that had recently been rebuilt as a hostel & a restaurant with a nice garden: The VISBY PRISON HOSTEL.
    It is a pity that I came to Visby in a special day: it was midsummernight with lots of festivities going on in the evening and lots of places had closed already at lunchtime in order to open again much later in the evening when our ship had left again. That is why the hotel and restaurant was closed and I have to check that out next time !
    Unfortunately their Webpage is in swedish only !

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    The Residence & what is left over now

    by globetrott Written Aug 16, 2014

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    There was a large residence once in in Visby as well, but most of it has dissapeared over the centuries. I fould a small-scale model of it in a park closeby the place, where the former residence used to stand, about 300 meters from the former prison.
    See that small scale model in my last picture and in my other pictures you will see the buildings that are called residence now. In my personal opinion this residence looks a lot less fancy and scenic than most of the private, old buildings of Visby do.

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    St. Lars / St. Lawrence's Church

    by globetrott Updated Aug 16, 2014

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    St. Lars / St. Lawrence's Church has a different shape from the other church-ruins in Visby, that had mostly been inspired by the german ecclesiastical style. St. Lars instead was inspired by the byzantine churches of the east.
    This church dates back to the 13th century and in the 16th century it was abandoned at the times of Reformation just like most of the other churchruins in Visby.
    When you enter the church it is stated clearly at the entrance, that you are fully responsible for yourself for any accident that might happen, when you walk through this church !
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    St. Lars Church is open for visitors:
    May 1st - September 30th: 12.00 noon till 04.00pm
    and from July 7th till July 31st: 10.00am till 06.00pm

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