"Gotlands Fornsal" Top 5 Page for this destination Visby Things to Do Tip by Sjalen

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A major reason to visit Visby for anyone interested in Scandinavian history! Gotlands Fornsal is the Visby part of the Gotland County Museum and its prime exhibits are on the ground floor in the form of stunning Iron age "pictorial stones", like Viking stones but with pictures rather than runes to tell a story. They tell of both religion, adventures and life at home, and some include fascinating whirl symbols. Then there is the main picture here where the stone has the cultural heritage "H" sign on it, so now you know where that originated.

The museum also has a section on Viking life consisting of exhibits dug out on Gotland such as tools, equestrian items, graves and even proof that there was trade with the Romans on the island. Then you go on to Medieval Visby and on to the arrival of the Danes in rooms dedicated to the building of the wall, battles and such. The other main reason comes almost last: the Treasury. Here you will find the largest Viking silver hoard ever found in Europe and other treasures, old coins from Europe and the Middle East and so on found on Gotland. Apart from all this, there are exhibitions on medieval merchant halls, furniture, churches and other things.

Address: Strandgatan
Directions: Just by Donners Plats, close to Almedalen park.
Website: http://www.lansmuseetgotland.se/

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Aug 7, 2007
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