“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”
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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