The church ruins of Saint Peter (Sankt Per in Swedish) and Saint Hans in Visby, Gotland, Sweden.
The churches of Saint Peter and Saint Hans together made up the largest church in Visby. They were built in the southern part of the old town. The elder of them Saint Peter’s dates back to mid 12th century. At the beginning of the 13th century, at which time it was too small, a new church, St Hans’, was built north of it. The two churches shared a wall and was partly united – an unusual arrangement. Runestones and part of pre Christian petroglyph has been discovered in Saint Hans’ church which probably occupies the site of a former cult centre.
Saint Hans’s was during medieval times a Lutheran church unlike most other churches in Visby that was Roman Catholic. Saint Hans’ church is dedicated to and Saint Peter’s to the Apostle Saint Peter. Both churches fell into decay after the reformation of the 16th century.
Since the mid 18th century the church ruins hosts the Saint Hans’ Café.
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