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Church ruins of Visby

18 Apr

One of the most picturesque views among the alleys is the many preserved medieval church ruins. Why not have a coffee break at Café Paradiset and enjoy two of the best preserved church ruins, Saint Lawrence (Sankt Lars) and Holy Trinity (Drotten) at Syskongatan.

The Café Paradiset (Paradise) at Syskongatan in Visby, Gotland, Sweden. In the background you can see the church ruin of Holy Trinity (Drotten) on of 13 church ruins in Visby.

On the right side of the colourful house of Café Paradiset you can see the ruin of a church dedicated to the Holy Trinity, commonly called Drotten. It was built around 1240 for the Germans in the central parish. The Church was abandoned in 1528 after the reformation.

Saint Lawrence (Sankt Lars in Swedish) is a church ruin in Visby on the island Gotland, Sweden. The church is named after Saint Lawrence who was martyred on a hot grill. Sometimes the church has been called Saint Anna (Sankta Anna) the mother of the Virgin Mary.The church was built in the central parish around 1210-1220. In the same cemetery a German parish church, Holy Trinity (Drotten in Swedish), was built around 1240. The church was abandoned after the Reformation. Architecturally, Saint Lawrence has its models in Orthodox churches, and it has been wrongly suggested that it would have been a Russian church. It’s more reasonable to imagine an architect influenced by Russian architecture.The colorful wooden houses to the right belong to Café Paradiset (Café Paradise).

Behind the colorful wooden houses to the right, belonging to Café Paradiset, you can see the ruin of a church dedicated to Saint Lawrence, Sankt Lars in Swedish, who was martyred on a hot grill. Sometimes the church also has been called Saint Anna (Sankta Anna) the mother of the Virgin Mary.
The church was built in the central parish around 1210-1220, in the same cemetery as the German parish church of Holy Trinity was built around 1240. Both churches where abandoned after the Reformation. Architecturally Saint Lawrence looks much like an Orthodox church and it has been suggested that it would have been a Russian church built by merchants from Novgorod. However it’s more reasonable to imagine that the architect was influenced by Russian architecture.

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Posted by on April 18, 2011 in History, Photo, Visby

 

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