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Another church???

Things are not always what they look like! I would bet a lot on that this is a church. But it’s not! If you enter this building you would not attend a church service but rather a theatre show. Because this is the home of Gotlands Länsteater. However this building was built as a church but in 1992 it was rebuilt into a theatre.

A church?? No, no a theatre! The Theatre of Gotland (Gotlands Länsteater) hosts this rebuilt church in Visby since 1992.

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Posted by on April 28, 2011 in Photo, Visby

 

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Roofscape

At the terrace behind Saint Mary’s Cathedral you can see a beautiful view over Visby roofscape and the Baltic Sea. This is a perfect view enjoy a wonderful sunset and the mighty silhouette of the Cathedral.

This is in my opinion the most beautiful of our 13 cathedrals (domkyrkor) in Sweden, the Cathedral of Saint Mary (Sankta Maria Domkyrka in Swedish) in Visby, Gotland.Out of the many churches that existed in medieval Visby only one remains in service, Saint Mary's Cathedral (13 other remains as church ruins).  Construction of the church, dedicated to Virgin Mary, begun in the late 1100’s on funds donated by German merchants. The church also known as “Our dear wife´s church” during medieval times was originally built as a guest church for German merchants but after a fire destroyed the German parish church of Saint Nicolai the church was inaugurated as a parish church for both the German and Gutnish parishes. After the church of Saint Hans was abandoned in 1533 the church of Saint Mary remained the only parish church of Visby. Many of the other churches were burnt down when Lübeck invaded Visby in 1525, but Saint Mary's was spared. When the Diocese of Visby was founded in 1572, Saint Mary becomes a cathedral.

 
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Posted by on April 27, 2011 in Photo, Visby

 

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Beautiful light

Isn’t it beautiful how the afternoon light falls through the stained glass window and paints the side altar of Saint Mary’s cathedral with wonderful colours and light! Perfect timing of light is one of the key-factors when it comes to capture a beautiful picture! Late afternoon is a good time to visit Saint Mary. But it should be a sunny day of course and time varies a lot depending on time of year. This HDR-picture was captured in late August.

See how beautiful the afternoon light falls through the stained glass window on the side altar of Saint Mary's Cathedral in Visby, Gotland.This is in my opinion the most beautiful of our 13 cathedrals domkyrkor in Sweden, the Cathedral of Saint Mary Sankta Maria Domkyrka in Swedish. Out of the many churches that existed in medieval Visby only one remains in service, Saint Mary's Cathedral 13 other remains as church ruins. Construction of the church, dedicated to Virgin Mary, begun in the late 1100s on funds donated by German merchants. The church also known as Our dear wifes church during medieval times was originally built as a guest church for German merchants but after a fire destroyed the German parish church of Saint Nicolai the church was inaugurated as a parish church for both the German and Gutnish parishes. After the church of Saint Hans was abandoned in 1533 the church of Saint Mary remained the only parish church of Visby. Many of the other churches were burnt down when Lübeck invaded Visby in 1525, but Saint Mary's was spared. When the Diocese of Visby was founded in 1572, Saint Mary becomes a cathedral.

 
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Posted by on April 24, 2011 in Photo, Visby

 

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Inside Saint Mary’s Cathedral

One of my absolute favourite photo subjects are the interior of churches and cathedrals. Here the HDR-technique really works to its full extent. The many beautiful architectural details and the colours and light from stained glass windows are perfectly exposed in HDR.

Saint Mary, Sankta Maria in Swedish, is in my opinion the most beautiful of Sweden’s 13 cathedrals or Domkyrkor as we say in Swedish. The oldest parts of the cathedral dates back the 12th century and it was originally built as a guest church for German merchants in Visby. But the church served as a parish church for both a German and a Gutnish parish. Later the both parishes where unitized and from 1533, when the church of Saint Hans was abandoned, Saint Mary becomes the only parish church in Visby. In 1572 Saint Mary becomes a cathedral when the diocese of Visby was founded.

Out of the many medieval churches of Visby, Saint Mary is the only one that still remains. Most other churches were burnt to the ground when Visby was invaded by Lübeck in 1525. But you can still see traces of the all around Visby as 13 more or less well preserved ruins.

The oldest parts of Saint Mary are built in Romanesque style but later additions and enlargements are mainly built in Gothic style.

This HDR-picture shows the main altar of the cathedral. When I shot this picture there was an ongoing art exhibition here, so you can see one or two paintings in this picture that you normally don’t see when you visit Saint Mary.

This is in my opinion the most beautiful of our 13 cathedrals (domkyrkor) in Sweden, the Cathedral of Saint Mary (Sankta Maria Domkyrka in Swedish) in Visby, Gotland.Out of the many churches that existed in medieval Visby only one remains in service, Saint Mary's Cathedral (13 other remains as church ruins).  Construction of the church, dedicated to Virgin Mary, begun in the late 1100’s on funds donated by German merchants. The church also known as “Our dear wife´s church” during medieval times was originally built as a guest church for German merchants but after a fire destroyed the German parish church of Saint Nicolai the church was inaugurated as a parish church for both the German and Gutnish parishes. After the church of Saint Hans was abandoned in 1533 the church of Saint Mary remained the only parish church of Visby. Many of the other churches were burnt down when Lübeck invaded Visby in 1525, but Saint Mary's was spared. When the Diocese of Visby was founded in 1572, Saint Mary becomes a cathedral.

 
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Posted by on April 24, 2011 in History, Photo, Visby

 

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Ryska Gränd

This is one of my favourite views in Visby. Take a short walk from the Main Square along Ryska Gränd (Russian Alley). Soon you will have your eyes on the beautiful Saint Mary’s Cathedral, Sankta Maria Domkyrka in Swedish. Saint Mary is the only church that still remains in service out of the many medieval churches in Visby. It bear marks of both Romanesque and Gothic architecture and makes a perfect subject for HDR-photography.

A view from Ryska Gränd (Russian Alley) towards Saint Mary's Cathedral in Visby, Gotland, Sweden.

 
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Posted by on April 22, 2011 in History, Photo, Visby

 

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Another recidence next to the city wall

Just another picturesque example of housing along the city wall, ringmuren in Swedish! This HDR-picture is captured at Södertorg (the South Square).

A view from Södertorg (the South square) in Visby on the Swedish island Gotland. In the background you can see a glimt of the medieval city wall.

 
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Posted by on April 21, 2011 in Photo, Visby

 

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Living next to the city wall

Imagine living next to the city wall in medieval times! Imagine how you would feel during a siege! Today it’s different, picturesque or even exclusive. This HDR-picture is captured at Norra Murgatan (Northern Wallstreet) and the gate and the tower is named after the vice governor L. R. Dalman. I would love to live here now but in medieval times? No, No!!!

The Dalman gate (Dalmansporten in Swedish) in the city wall of Visby, Gotland, Sweden. Viewed from Norra Murgatan near Saint Mary's Cathedral.

 
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Posted by on April 21, 2011 in History, Photo, Visby

 

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