10 Informative Facts About Visby Town Wall

Facts About Visby Town Wall

Facts About Visby Town Wall

  1. Visby Town Wall is a medieval defensive wall surrounding the Swedish town of Visby on the island of Gotland.
  2. The oldest part of the city wall is a defensive tower, today called the Kruttornet (the Gunpowder Tower), which was erected at the harbor entrance in the 12th century
  3. The wall had 29 big ground-towers, you can still see 27 of the towers today, completed with 22 sadeltowers.
  4. The city wall was restored in 1884 to 1886 by architect Emil Victor Langlet.
  5. In 2012, a 10 meters long section of the outer dressing of the wall collapsed. Restoration of the collapsed section began in 2013
  6. In February 2010, the municipal council approved a statutory detailed conservation plan for the whole World Heritage property. 
  7. The wall is about 11m high, built-in different stages it was completed in 1288.
  8. In 1995 the Town Walls was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  9. The wall encloses the old town of Visby which is built on a steep slope facing the Baltic Sea. The west part of the wall nearest the sea is built on land approximately 2 meters above sea level. To the north and south, the wall climbs the slope known as the Klinten, towards the east where the highest elevation reaches about 40 meters.
  10. Construction of city walls was unusual in Nordic countries during the Middle Ages, and so the construction of the city wall testifies to Visby’s commercial importance during this time. In medieval Sweden, only Stockholm, Kalmar, and Visby had city walls.

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Facts About Visby

Facts About Visby

  1. Visby is the only city on the Swedish island of Gotland.
  2. The earliest history of Visby is uncertain, but it is known to have been a center of merchandise around 900 AD. It was inhabited as early as the Stone Age, probably because of the access to fresh water and a natural harbor.
  3. Visby has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site, since 1995. It is one of the best-preserved medieval cities in Scandinavia.
  4. Visby is known as ‘The city of roses and ruins’, with around 200 medieval houses on winding lanes.
  5. In the year 1909, Ulrich von Jungingen sold the island to Queen Margaret of Norway, Denmark, and Sweden to ensure peace with the Kalmar Union of Scandinavia.
  6. In 1645 Visby was once again taken and ruled by Sweden. For a few months in 1808 Gotland was taken over by Russians but it soon was returned back to Sweden peacefully.
  7. One of the asteroids in the asteroid belt, 6102 Visby, is named after Visby.
  8. The name “Visby” comes from the Old Norse place of sacrifices”, and by, meaning “village”. 
  9. The Population of Visby is 24,330, as of 2017.
  10. Visby is also the sole county seat in Sweden accessible from the mainland only by boat and air.
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