Visiting Visby

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God”
‭Colossians‬ ‭3‬:‭16

Visby is one of Butch’s favorite villages that we have have been privileged to visit.  We only spent a day, but leisurely walked the perimeter of its city wall and took in the medieval history, local culture, and breathtaking beauty of the sea!  Visby stakes its claim to be the best preserved medieval city in Scandinavia.  It is the capital of Gotland, Sweden’s beautiful “holiday island”, famous for its soft sandy beaches, dramatic cliffs, distinctive grey-fleeced sheep, and wild orchids.  The island lies between Sweden and Latvia in the Baltic Sea. The town is a Unesco World Heritage Site.  Lace up your walking shoes for a little stroll through this quaint Scandinavian village! Arriving from the sea, the old town’s skyline greets you!  The most notable structure of the city is the stone wall built during
the 13th century!  The spectacular town wall is about 2 miles long and was built of
limestone.  There are 44 towers dotting the wall!  Lovely homes line the cobble-stone streets!  One of the 44 towers The preserved historic buildings of Visby-merchants’ homes, storehouses and warehouses-reveal its heritage as the largest trading hub in the Baltic Sea!  Overlooking rooftops, to a spectacular view of the sea!  Visby Cathedral was built as a church for German traders.
Construction started at the end of the 12th century!  The cathedral has a massive square tower and two smaller ones!  Views of red tiled roofs, medieval ruins, and the Baltic from the hilltop
where the church is located!  The Visby Cathedral is the only medieval church still in use, with
twelve other churches in Visby preserved as ruins only!  Behind and to our left, is the open-air ruins of St. Karin’s Church.  Our beautiful ship, Marina (Oceania Cruise), is anchored in the distance! The limestone wall is beautifully preserved!  The old town center of Visby!  The beautiful colors of Scandinavia!  The town is sometimes spelled Wisby! Roses abound all over Visby as it is often called the city of roses!  The ruins of St. Karin Church date back to 1233 dominating the central square of the old town!  The church was the first Franciscan monastery founded in Sweden!  The skyline of Visby is dominated by St. Karin Church with its
arcade of towering arches!  Visby is a popular vacation destination for Scandinavians during the summer!  The harbor remains the epicenter of Visby!

Thank you for traveling with us. Where would you like to visit?  We love reading your comments!

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  1. Alice says:

    Thank you for the stroll through Visby. I’ll never get there, so it’s wonderful to have the opportunity to stroll along with you and Butch through the beautiful old town. The photography was outstanding.

  2. Therese says:

    Thank you for sharing! I may never get there, but I feel like I’ve been there now, through your photos. Thanks for the fun trip!

  3. JoAnn says:

    We have been to Visby. It’s a treat for the eye! Were you on a cruise? We visited while cruising on the Seven Seas Voyager.

    • JoAnn, I am so glad to hear from you. Yes, we were on a cruise, Oceania’s Marina. We had never heard of Visby, but we loved the quaintness! We probably had similar ports of call that you did. To mention a few, Helsinki, Tallinn, Riga, St. Petersburg! It was a great trip! Blessings, Pam

  4. JoAnn says:

    Same ports! It was our first cruise and we had a great time. We just got back from China and Japan on the Voyager. We’re looking at Oceania for our next cruise.

    • JoAnn, we have been on 3 cruises with Oceania and booked our 4th one today! Let’s keep in touch. I would love to hear about your destinations and if I can be of any help to you, please let me know! What has been your favorite destination, so far?

      • JoAnn says:

        It is so hard to pick a favorite destination. Every place we visit is incredible in it’s own special way. India is very exotic and colorful. Provence has the most beautiful colored sky. Israel is tan which should be boring but it has a shimmer and glow that delights me. Hong Kong makes me feel like I’m living in a great 40’s novel. How could I ever choose?
        Would you like to email off the blog? I’m not sure everyone wants to hear my endless travel log:-)

  5. Stephanie says:

    The city of roses… how I would love to live there :) What a beautiful and enchanting place to visit. Your images made me feel like I was right there with you enjoying the scenery and history.

    It’s always a joy to have you share your posts with Roses of Inspiration – thank you!

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