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: Miscellaneous historic sites in Sweden
Historical period: Consolidation (Sweden)


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Josh Mattila (2 years ago)
Great croissant! Fresh, soft, and perfectly buttery. Could use more crunch on the outside, but the lamination seems just right.
Nicklas Ljunggren (2 years ago)
Fantastic place! Great coffee! And the guy called “Pelle”, who works there. He makes the place even better! 5 stars!
Sofie Gerritsen (2 years ago)
Nice cafe in central Visby. I was here with my German friends. We are 3 families with 2 kids each. Enough space for everyone to sit and kids could play in the backyard behind the cafe. Delicious pizzas ??
Jani Aho (2 years ago)
Nice backyard garden and terrace surrounded by ancient ruins and roses! With great bakeries and cappuccino, you can chill and enjoy silence in the middle of tourist hotspot!
Sheila Gea (3 years 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.
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