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.Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Visby City Wall by using our Visby itinerary planner.
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durante il nostro lungo viaggio in Scandinavia abbiamo deciso di recarci anche su quest'isola sconosciuta per noi. L'impegno economico non è banale poichè ci sono in ballo due viaggi con traghetto per... read more »during our long trip to Scandinavia we decided to go on this unknown island for us. The financial commitment is not trivial as there are two trips with return ferry and in season two with auto media we are around 250 euros. However, once we have agreed to have spent good money for this deviation from the main trip. Very characteristic city of Visby within walls, quite obviously but also very well preserved tourist ancient architectural beauty. The time when we visited Visby (and of course also a good part of the island of Gotland) was a full season tourist resort even for the Swedes so the crowd was a lot, but never chaotic and even annoying, sure many locals were pienissimi and got a bit of a pain to find place to dine but then again it was worth it. To do for the tour with the tourist train so we become aware of the attractions in General before choosing what to visit in particular. Very well preserved walls with all the circle still intact, Nice the part near the sea.show original
Красивущее место для любителей средневековой стилистики. Все очень красивое и ухоженное. Можно выбрать в качестве маршрута прогулку вокруг стены - часть идет вдоль моря, часть по городуKrasivuŝee place for lovers of medieval style. All very beautiful and well kept. You can select as walk around the wall-part goes along the sea, part of the cityshow original
Man kan känna historiens vingslag. Vi åkte med turisttåget som går runt muren. En trevlig o informativ tur. RekomenderasYou can feel the history. We went with tourist train that goes around the wall. A friendly and informative tour. Recommendedshow original
Ivan FræerThe 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.show original
Awesome medieval citywall that almost surrounds the whole city of Visby.
Jonas KarlssonWords are superfluous, the ring wall is a UNESCO World Heritage site that must be experienced!show original
Jordi Risa JanéPromenade that runs along the wall of the medieval Visby, if it can be made by sunset is amazing.show original
A must see!
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