St. Hans' & St. Peter's Church Ruins

Visby, Sweden

St. Hans and St. Peter churches were built side by side during the 1200s. St. Peter was consecrated to the apostle Peter. St. Hans, which was the larger church, was dedicated to St. John the Evangelist. It was where the Lutheran doctrine for the first time preached on the island. In 1527, however, Bishop Brask turned Lutherans out from the church. But as soon as the bishop sailed to Denmark, Lutherans worships were started again. Churches were demolished in 1600-1800s and the stone was used among others to construct Lythbergska house. In 1982 a beautifully decorated gravestone was found in the ruins of in St. Hans, dating from 1050s.



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S:t Hansgatan 11, Visby, Sweden
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Founded: 13th century
Category: Ruins in Sweden
Historical period: Consolidation (Sweden)


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Sheila Gea (5 months ago)
I drank the capuccino and hot chocolate, both very good. The place is quite large, both inside and outside which is in a beautiful garden among the ruins of the castle that existed here in the Middle Ages. In the garden there are some beautiful apple trees laden with fruit. Fast and friendly service.
Dinda Lala (5 months ago)
Really long queue in the morning only means that it's good! We opted for late lunch on a sunny day instead and the atmosphere and the salad did not disappoint!
Alexander Elling (5 months ago)
Classical cafe. Besides the somewhat boring menu, you get an amazing atmosphere in the old ruins. It's well worth a visit sitting there, but don't expect too much from the food.
Hula Travelle (8 months ago)
This is the best hidden gem in Visby. Granted, not so hidden but we happened to stumble upon it by accident. Beautiful garden cafe inside 11th century church ruins. Prices are steep but the cakes, coffees, and lunches are nice.
Nick Nikolov (8 months ago)
Cozy place close to the Main Square. Delicious food and a tasteful interior. Try their chevre pie, you will not be disappointed! In the warm months you can have your coffee on the background of the ruins of two medieval churches (the bigger one of which S:t Hans).
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