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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Christopher Brammer (3 months ago)
Great food here
Alexander Samuelsson (6 months ago)
Alright food, but AMAZING setting by the ruins. They get an extra star because the water was cooled with ice; a must during the warm days.
Munisa N (6 months ago)
Best quality of pastries. Little France
Alicia Brauer (8 months ago)
A magnificent combination of wondered scenery and beautifully crafted lattes and exquisite baked goods. I would highly recommend.
Jonah Simonds (11 months ago)
Beautiful cafe and really delicious food! The lunch bowls are packed with variety and healthy goodness. The dessert pastries are also out of this world. Staff is very friendly and the service was quick. This was my favorite meal I had in Visby and couldn't recommend it highly enough.
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