Another well preserved church ruin in Visby is the one dedicated to Saint Nicholas, Sankt Nikolai in Swedish. This church was first built in 1220 – 1225 as a parish church for the Germans in the northern parish of medieval Visby and was named after the patron saint of seafarers Saint Nicholas. But when a fire destroyed the church, it was abandoned and the present cathedral of Saint Mary was inaugurated as a parish church for both the German and Gutnish parishes. In 1228 the Dominican Order took over the damaged church and started to rebuild it to a convent church. When Lübeck invaded Visby in 1525 the church was burnt to the ground and it was never rebuilt after due to the Protestant Reformation in Sweden.
The church ruin is now open to visitors during summer and can also be hired for weddings and private events. Actually a wedding took place inside this ruin when I took this picture and later in the evening the ruin hosted a company party.