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As you can see from the plaque's inscription (located at the outside corner of the house), "The Burmeister House got its name from its owner, Hans Burmeister, who immigrated to Visby at the middle of the 17th century, and who was a merchant and later alderman. He died in 1681. The house is constructed with horizontal timbers such as a log cabin with interlocking logs which have been painted with a red color mixed with tar. The home was erected in 1652 - 1653. In the two floors there are decorative paintings by Johan Bartsch. A hall and a chamber in the upper floor are among the best preserved Burghar interiors from Baroque period. The Burmeister house is architecturally charming and has a steeply pitched roof covering 3 stories. The 3rd story is painted white and decorated with half timbers. The ground floor's windows are shuttered but both the ground floor and second floor's windows are stained glass. There also are ornately sculptured sandstone fireplaces which also indicate together with the many other exemplary decorative details that the Burmeister was a man of considerable means during that time.

The house belonged to the Burmeister family until 1851. The town Visby acquired it in 1905 and did restore it. The upper floor is shown in summer time as a museum. The owner today is the Gotland municipality.

Address: Strandgatan 9, Visby

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  • Updated Feb 23, 2015
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