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    S:t Nicolai ruin

    by Sjalen Written Aug 7, 2007

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    St Nicholas' church belonged to a Dominican monastery and was probably built around the mid 1200s. Today, it is a popular place for the many music festivals on Gotland and it was a special feeling to bike into town one sunny evening and be met by choirs singing inside when we once passed it. You can also enjoy the freemasons' garden just outside, where you can sit and meditate and study the ruins. That's if you don't come in the evening when the garden restaurant (see tip) is open.

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    Österport

    by Sjalen Updated Aug 7, 2007

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    The eastern gate was the main road into the Gotland countryside in medieval days and the route taken by farmers wanting to sell their produce. Today it is the road leading to the shops of Östervägen and then further on to the village of Roma. It is a place where you will almost certainly find yourself at one stage or other since you will be exploring Hästgatan or perhaps look for the bus station nearby. Remember that Visby was once a city excluding its countryside and therefore there was once a portcullis here but only a wooden bar remains if you raise your head inside it today.

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    Söderport

    by Sjalen Written Aug 6, 2007

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    The southern gate is different to the others since it has three openings, only one which is used by cars today (residents only in summer). It was outside this gate that the Danish force invaded Visby after fighting a bloody battle which you can learn more about in the museum.

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    City walls

    by Sjalen Written Aug 6, 2007

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    Known in Swedish as "ringmur" as it is a wall encircling what was once the entire city, this is an impressive wall and whilst you can walk on the walls at York or Tallinn, what is impressive with Visby is the setting of it all, here and there along the seafront and much of it along the ditches where stone has been dug out, creating so called "gravar" or graves outside the walls to the north and east which is particularly visible in my intro picture. To be ctd.

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    Chapter House

    by Sjalen Written Aug 6, 2007

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    The Chapter house is thought to have belonged to the Bishop of Linköping which Gotland belonged to during its earlier Swedish period, and used as his Visby residence. It is a nice house with second floor arcades and today you can see a herb garden in its yard.

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  • The Church of Saint Maria

    by peach93 Updated Jul 16, 2006

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    This church was originally built for the German merchants on Gotland in 1225. Its babtismal font is also the largest in Gotland and dates back to 1572. Because of this the church is a popular place for parents to bring their children to be baptised. There were many parents there on the day we visited. The building is extremely well preserved both inside and out. If you go be sure to check out the graves in the floor. They're kind of creepy! I especially liked the gargoyles that adorn the outside of the church and the church's stained glass windows, which depict scenes from the island.

    St. Maria's Towers Gargoyle, St. Maria Catherdral Frieze detail, Notice the Visby Sheep More St. Maria Towers
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    St. Mary's Cathedral

    by starship Updated Apr 23, 2006

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    Among Visby's oldest churches, the only one which is still in use today is St. Mary's Cathedral. This church was consecrated in 1255, and was lovingly restored between 1899-1907, and in 1945. Some scholars believe that after the devastation brought by Luebeck armies around the mid-13th century, Visby could not afford to maintain all of its churches, and so St. Mary's was the church chosen to remain open to the people and as such has been maintained and cared for. Hense, the ruins of many other churches are what is seen today.

    The church is distinctive for a massive square tower on the western face between two slimmer towers on the eastern face. The church was built by wealthy German merchants and they chose to remember one of their own in the form of a chapel in the cathedral dedicated to Burgomaster Swerting who was executed in 1350.

    A little tour around the inside of the cathedral will impress you. An elevated, heavy walnut & ebony pulpit carved in Luebeck, Germany, (see photo) is one of its striking features as is the 13th century baptismal font made of red Gotland marble. The natural dimness of the interior is disspelled by enormous brass chandeliers and a measured amount of light allowed in by the stained glass windows above the altar and along the side walls. The floor is comprised of smooth, flat blocks of stone engraved with the names of the dearly departed. The church exudes warmth and serenity. It was a pleasant visit but unfortunately there were too many others visiting it the day we arrived to really enjoy it.

    Tour groups at St. Mary's Cathedral Walnut and Ebony Pulpit of St. Mary's Interior view of St. Mary's Cathedral ~ Visby
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    Almedalen

    by starship Updated Apr 23, 2006

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    Now a beautiful park, Almedalen was once Visby's Medieval harbor. This harbor provided a hub of commerce and trading and made Visby one of the most important cities in the Hanseatic League. Later Luebeck, Germany, replaced Visby in importance as a center of commerce, but not before several important buildings were built near Visby's harbor such as the City Hall, also known as the "Vinhuset". The 'Krutornett' or gun powder-house was located there also and was subsequently incorporated into the city wall. Today the park has a beautiful pond and fountain and people spread blankets on the grass to enjoy the weather and perhaps picnic within sight of the Baltic Sea.

    It was difficult to find more detailed information on the park and the structures therein, but Almedalen is well known as being the site of yearly political meetings which draw much world-wide attention. There is also a famous library of the same name here.

    Almedalen Park
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  • Cafés

    by peach93 Updated Nov 21, 2005

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    Visby is chock full of cute, romantic cafés where anyone can sit and sip coffee or a glass of wine while taking in the beautiful sights. While some people might not think of this as being something to do worth mentioning, it is to me! You should see some of the men there!

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  • The Medieval Wall

    by peach93 Written Oct 4, 2005

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    Orignally built in the 13th century, the medieval wall that surrounds Visby is the oldest in Northern Europe. It surrounds the entire city in a 2-mile circle and has 40 towers. There is even a drawbridge and a moat (which is now full of weeds). If you visit Visby be sure to take a walk outside of the wall and check it out. It is truly amazing.

    Medieval Wall Wall Tower Drawbridge Gate Wall section
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    The port of Visby

    by vec Written Jan 25, 2004

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    The Visby port is a crowded place in the summer. Boats and people everywhere, and even if you not are a boat owner anchoring in the harbour, it's still a great place for a walk in the late summer evening, it's always happening something in the port area.

    The visby port
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    Watching architecture

    by vec Written Dec 20, 2003

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    All over Visby you will find old houses, ruins and, of course, the old city wall. I would really recommend taking the time to just walk around looking on the old architecture, you will not find anything similar to this in Sweden.

    Ruins in Visby
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    The Ferry to Visby!! M/S Visby

    by CharleneP Written Feb 25, 2003

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    The M/S Visby was super! You can sit and relax, look at the sundowns, there is a restaurant, coffee shop, lounge, art corner & a cinema. There is a few other ferries aswell like the M/S Thjelvar & HSC Gotland ect. See my travellogue for more pictures of the luxury Ferry!

    Model of the M/S Visby
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    Go see the rest of the Gotland

    by Heinisuo Written Feb 25, 2003

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    After seeing Visby one should go a step longer.
    I myself didn't see anything outside the old Visby, so I'm thinking to go there again some time.
    As I've understood the island of Gotland offers a great opportunities to bike around the island and see it by that way. Maybe I'll spend a week or two biking around the island some summer.
    Tips dealing with my plans are very welcome!

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    Länsmuseet, Fenomenalen, Journey of Exploration

    by CharleneP Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    It is a science centre. You can test technological inventions, experiment with physics problems and study humankind. Not to be missed

    Book of all the technological Inventions
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