A world heritage is an item of cultural or natural heritage which is of such outstanding interest that it needs to be safeguarded as part of the world heritage of mankind as a whole.
Visby was added to The World of Heritage List in 1995. It includes intramural city with adjoining green open spaces
Visby is an outstanding example of a north European medieval walled trading town which preserves with remarkable completeness a townscape and assemblage of high-quality ancient buildings that illustrate graphically the form and function of this type significant human settlement.
Striking features in Visby:
A town plan with an ancient street network.
Medieval warehouses, serving as sales premises and storerooms for the merchants of the town.
The town wall, built in 13th and 14th centuries, is 3,4 km long. 27 grounded towers and 9 hanging towers have been preserved.
The 12 church ruins are the remians of churches erected in the 13th and 14th centuries. With the 16th century Refomation the churches where largely abandoned.
Well-preserved wooden buildings at the east end of the town, where the streets are dominated by houses and gardens from the 18th and 19th centuries.