The only octagonal church in Sweden:
The ruin of Helge And (St. Gertrud or St. Jacob).
St. Jacob's Church was first mentioned in 1226 and belonged to the German bishop Albert in Riga. A limestone hospital church
was mentioned in Visby as early as the 1290s, and this hospital was connected to the church. Maybe the name of the was changed vid tillbyggnaden ac hospitalet.
it was built very close to the Dome Church.
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*This church was built in about 1200, according to one theory, by Bishop Albert of Riga as a meeting point for pilgrims and crusaders travelling
to Livonia. The name "Helge And" (meaning Holy Ghost) comes from the infirmary which lay to the south of the church.*
So far during the rebuilding of the site I have only written about the small ruins. The biggest ruins are really big. St. Karin is the
biggest if all associated buildings such as the monastery are included. For a week each year, the church allows all medieval people to use the ruin as a restaurant and pub.
The Medieval Week was started by the Swedish Church in Visby.
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