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.
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.
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.