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Visby waterfront

Visby is a city, founded in the 10th century, on the then independent Baltic Sea island of Gotland, in modern Sweden. Gotland came to Sweden in the 17th century. Administratively Visby is the seat of residence for the Governor of Gotland County. There is also a locally elected Gotland Municipality in the city.


Between the 12th and 14th centuries, Visby was an important center of the Hanseatic League. During the drive for Christianisation of the Baltic lands and the time of Riga's foundation around 1200, Visby became the mother city to Riga.

The Hanseatic Town of Visby is part of the UNESCO's World Heritage Sites.

See also: Visby (corvette)

Panorama of Visby from seaward