St. George's Church Ruins

Visby, Sweden

The church of St. George (S:t Göran) was originally part of the leprosy hospital in Visby. It was built in the 13th century to the site of older church dating from the 1100s. Due the risk of infections the hospital and church were located outside the city wall. He hospital was abandoned due the King’s order in 1542, but used until 1611.

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Munkstigen 10, Visby, Sweden
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Founded: 13th century
Category: Ruins in Sweden
Historical period: Consolidation (Sweden)

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