Gotland: Visby – St. Mary’s Cathedral

St. Mary’s Cathedral (Sankta Maria Domkyrka), dating back to 1225, is the main attraction within the walls of the fortified Visby, and actually the only church still active (the rest stand as skeleton ruins). Originally built by German traders, the church grew bigger and grander over the centuries. There are three towers – two round ones on the eastern side and one square one of the western side. Architecturally, it looks more like German churches then the spiky gothic Swedish ones. The interior is both lavish and austere at the same time – with an ornate walnut pulpit from Lubeck and a lot of local Gotland marble.