Clarion Hotel Wisby
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Perfectly poised along the ancient trade route between Western Europe and Russia, Visby is known to have been an important trade center right from the Viking era. The Hanseatic town of Visby is today one of the best preserved medieval walled towns of Northern Europe, and has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1995. Encompassed within the confines of the ancient town walls are a number of church ruins, storehouses, homes and other structures that have survived since their completion in the years that lay between the 12th and 14th centuries. The layout of the town itself has remained largely unaltered, creating a modern day town that has remained true to its roots; a town that is in itself a chronicle of the lives and lifestyles of those who have resided here since its establishment. Although the structures have been modified over the years to suit the changing needs of the townsfolk, the newer additions remain seamlessly interwoven with their medieval origins. Due to its location on the island of Gotland, Visby is only accessible via air or sea. It is today a popular vacation spot for Scandinavians and attracts a multitude of tourists each year who are drawn in by its scenic beauty, culture and historical heritage.
The Visby Cathedral in Visby with its medieval structure is one of the oldest surviving places of worship in the city. Its denomination is under the Church of Sweden and is administered by the Diocese of Visby. It was part of the Reformation that took place during the 13th Century. The cathedral's structure dates back to 1225, though renovated in 1980.
The Church in Bro is the major tourist attraction in Bro settlement of Gotland. The church's medieval structure is completely made out of stones and legends have it that the current structure dates back to 1240. It highlights rich Romanesque style of architecture. The interiors comprise of carvings and paintings from biblical scripts and also of the Passion of Christ.