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    THE ALMEDALEN

    by balhannah Written Mar 9, 2012

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    The Almedalen is a very nice park by the waterfront in Visby. The area was a lagoon in the Viking Age, and was a natural harbor, how-ever it was during the Middle Ages that it became the Baltic Sea's port.
    During these times Merchants met and over the years it became an important meeting place for traders from East and West.
    In 1950 it was decided that the area would become a park. There is a large pond, fountains, sculptures, flowers, shrubs and trees. There were only a few people here enjoying themselves, some had their baby in a stroller and were walking along the pathway. On a nice day, I imagine this Park would be full of people!

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    CITY OF ROSES

    by balhannah Written Mar 9, 2012

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    I didn't know Visby was known as the city of Roses.

    I do now, and as I look through my photo's, I am finding plenty of Roses popping up everywhere.
    I especially like them when they are look to be growing out of the cobblestones, and some are nearly covering the old homes.
    Roses are everywhere, so for Rose lovers, you will enjoy Visby!

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    KAJSARPORTEN

    by balhannah Updated Mar 9, 2012

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    The Kajsarporten is one of the Town Gates.
    In 1661, it was built for Margareta Bonderbys, so that she could bring her cattle from the barn in the town, to the pasture outside the city walls. It once had wooden doors, but these were removed around 1900.
    The Tower was used as a Prison between 1700 & 1858, until the new Prison was built near the Port.

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    KLINTEN

    by balhannah Written Mar 9, 2012

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    Klinten in Visby was originally one of the poor neighbourhoods of Visby. It isn't any more, prices are soaring in this area! I liked this area, full of small homes and Roses. Perhaps, now tourisim has taken off, this is why property prices are soaring.
    From Klinten there is meant to be a wonderful view over Visby and the cliffs and the sea. The best views are from the lookout point and the church hill above the cathedral.
    I did see some nice views, but as it was a very foggy day, I couldn't see the cliffs.

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    VISBY TOWN MARKET SQUARE

    by balhannah Written Mar 9, 2012

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    The Market Square on a wet day, not the best, but as our Ship was in Port they were still holding the Market.

    I had a browse around, didn't buy anything, as being Swedish, it was quite expensive for me. Guess what was for sale? Quite a few soft toys of sheep!

    I liked the Square, as lining one side, is the historic ruins of St. Catherines. Then I found a lovely phone-box, lots of people were having fun having their photo's taken with it.
    There were plenty of Cafes and Resaurants in this ares, and I believe there is a nightclub for reveller's.

    At Christmas time, they put the Christmas tree here and dance around it. Sounds like there is always something happening in this square!

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    ST. CATHERINE'S RUINS

    by balhannah Written Mar 9, 2012

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    Something we noticed as we walked Visby, was the large number of ruins. A ruin looks beautiful, and St Catherines Church was no exception.

    This Church was founded by the Franciscans in 1233, with building of the Church beginning in the 1250's and continuing through the 14th century. The Church was built with large stained glass windows, seven altars inside the church and an organ was installed in 1404, making St. Catherines the richest Church in Gotland.
    It was actually never completed, and in 1540s it partially collapsed during the worship.

    Today only ruins remain.

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    VISBY OLD TOWN RING WALL & GATES

    by balhannah Updated Mar 9, 2012

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    The ringwall, I believe, is one of the main attractions in Visby.

    Quite a lot is still standing today, even though it was built in the early 13th century, and then rebuilt to its current height, along with some towers. Some of the Towers were not constructed until the 15th century.

    We walked along the Wall for quite a long way, seeing many gates, ruins and sights along the way. The wall is 3.4 km long, and it was finished in the beginning of the 14th century. At the time, the wall contained 29 towers, 27 of which are remaining today.

    Where-ever there is something historical, there is always a notice board containing a description.

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    TRADITIONAL HOUSES

    by balhannah Updated Mar 9, 2012

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    After looking at the Payex building, it was time to look at a traditional Swedish house on the other side of the road.

    This type of house is called an X Joint log house, and often they are painted in a Red Paint known as Falu rödfärg. This paint can be traced back to the 16th century. In the 17th century, painted houses were a sign of wealth and high social status.
    Falu rödfärg was cheap and the paint gave the buildings a better protection against bad weather than the unpainted buildings.

    These painted homes are viewed as typically Swedish, even as national symbols, but the tradition with red painted buildings isn’t older than the 19th century.

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    HELGEAND RUINS

    by balhannah Written Mar 9, 2012

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    Located quite close to St. Marys, is the ruins of the Holy Spirit Church, which belonged to the Order Helgeandstiftelsen.
    Helgeandsstiftelserna began in the 12th century and quickly spread throughout Europe.
    This Church became quite rich, as the wealthy gave to the Church to help with the looking after of the poor and sick people and Orphans and Widows.
    Just ruins left now, one of many in Visby.

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    GOOD VIEWS OF ST. MARY'S CATHEDRAL

    by balhannah Written Mar 9, 2012

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    I found St. Mary's Cathedral quite hard to get a good photo of from where I entered the Church.

    The Church is situated below a Cliff, and it is from this Cliff where I went to get good photos of the outside of the Church. You will see the path leading to the Cliff top.

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    ST. MARY'S CATHEDRAL

    by balhannah Updated Mar 9, 2012

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    As we were walking around Visby, we couldn't help but notice the two tall Church spires.

    St. Marys is located in the middle of old town Visby, and is situated below a cliff. Construction began in the 1100's by funds raised from German merchants who came to Visby to trade.
    This church has been rebuilt and enlarged several times during the Middle Ages, and in 1980, new modern stained glass windows were added. There is not much left of the original interior. The font was made of local red marble in the 13th century and the pulpit was made in Lubeck in 1684. Located under the Church floor are 400 graves.

    Saint Mary's is the only Church in operation today.

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    KRANKU

    by balhannah Updated Mar 8, 2012

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    Kranku is the name of a Cafe that sells Coffee, Tea, jams, sweets and more.

    Now, this was my kind of shop, one where I felt like I had stepped back in time when I saw the wonderful display of sweets for sale. Of course, I bought a mixture to enjoy on the Ship.
    I really liked the boxes of Tea, and I learnt something new! Here, you can buy the original Guteblandning ("Gotland Mix"), a recipe copied by teashops all over Sweden.
    For Jam lovers, you might find something "different " to home!

    If you want something to nibble on your walk around Visby, then it is a must to come into this shop!

    OPEN....
    Monday to Friday 10-6pm, Saturday 10-4pm and Sunday 12-4pm

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    PAYEX BUILDING

    by balhannah Written Mar 8, 2012

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    We are still walking uphill when we come across quite a nice area filled with flower boxes. Surrounding this area, are some buildings with distinctive architecture, one of them, the Payex building.
    This building was painted yellow and had a Tower on which Ivy was growing. When I had a look at the doorway, I found a sculpture above, of what, I do not know, worth a look though!

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    WOOL & SOUVENIR SHOP

    by balhannah Written Mar 8, 2012

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    Turning around at the Boat Harbour, we starting following Donnersgaten road up the hill until we came to Strandgatan, we turned right into this street.
    Located on the corner of Hamngatan & Strandgatan streets, was a wonderful Craft, Wool and Souvenir shop.
    We are from a "hot" climate, so we didn't need to buy anything, but we did enjoy seeing the beautiful Wool from the local Sheep. The winter woolies were not cheap, but to me, the quality looked good.
    We had a browse around the shop, and then a talk to the friendly owner and staff, before heading out the door to explore more of Visby.

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    THE SMALL BOAT HARBOUR

    by balhannah Written Mar 8, 2012

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    Coming to Visby by Ship, we walked along and past the small Boat Harbour. It was a miserable day, but still people were getting ready to have a day out on the sea.
    The petit Tourist Train had parked here, and was waiting for their first customers of the day. As we headed to the end, we then turned left, and located here was a huge Anchor. On the other side of the road, was the rather nice Rathaus. We didn't walk any further, but you can along the seafront promenade.

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