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Visby City Wall, Visby
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The Visby city wall is a medieval defensive wall surrounding the Swedish town of Visby on the island of Gotland. As the strongest, most extensive and best preserved medieval city wall in Scandinavia, the wall forms an important and integral part of Visby World Heritage Site.Built in two stages during the 13th and 14th century, approximately 3.44km of its original 3.6km still stands. Of the 29 large and 22 smaller towers, 27 large and 9 small remain. A number of houses that predate the wall were incorporated within it during one of the two phases of construction. During the 18th century, fortifications were added to the wall in several places and some of the towers rebuilt to accommodate cannons.HistoryThe oldest part of the city wall is a defensive tower, today called the Kruttornet, which was erected at the harbor entrance in the 12th century, making it the oldest surviving non-religious building in the Nordic countries. It was not until the 1270s and 1280s, that the building of a proper defense for the town of Visby started, with the erection of the land-facing wall. This first wall was approximately 5to tall. On the town-side, the wall had a raised platform for archers with regularly spaced openings for firing arrows while between the narrow openings there were arrowslits. According to dendrochronological examinations, the Österport was built no earlier than 1286, followed by two more in 1289: the Norderport and 1294 the Snäckgärdsporten . Around the 1290s and early 1300s, about 20 large towers were added between the gates.
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  • Walk or jog around the wall. Stop and read the signs at each tower. A fantastic and informative walk or jog!
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  • Always wonderful to see the city wall, so well-preserved and beautiful. You can go on forever and just admire it.
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  • There are few similar things in the world. A wall that is both beautiful and an important piece of our history. Take a walk along the great wall and enjoy the views and nature!
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  • Very well preserved medieval remain and good to walk along.
  • Great place to visit
  • Old sleten wall but go beer in the square in the Middle
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  • Very well preserved walls that surround almost the entire old city, you can visit the towers, offering beautiful views.
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  • The town's fortress wall, which is about 11 meters high and 3.6 km long with 44 lookout towers, and is one of the best preserved in Europe and are often compared to the walls of Ávila in Spain and Carcassonne in France. In several places it is possible to come up in the towers on the wall and enjoy the view over the roofs of the town and the sea, and especially from the Dalmanstornet between Österport and Norderport is the panorama over rooftops and church ruins in the top.
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