"The history of Alvastra Kloster" Östergötlands Län Things to Do Tip by sim1

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  Alvastra Kloster
by sim1

In my previous tip I gave you a little impression about what Alvastra looks like nowadays, and now it is time to tell a bit more about its history. The monastery was founded by French monks of the influential Cistercian order in 1143. These monks came all the way from Clairvaux in France, bringing modern methods of administration, technology and archaeology to this part of Sweden.

This part of Sweden played an important role in the development of the Swedish Kingdom during the Middle Ages. This was the home of the powerful Sverker dynasty. Sverker the Older for example has was seen as the ruler of the Swedes at those times. The story goes that the Sverker dynasty bought the land and gave it to the monks to build this very monastery.

The building material of the monastary is limestone from Omberg, and its architecture is simple, as still clearly can be seen. This simplicity makes sense as it is in accordance with the order's decree against extravagancies. French masters, with the assistance of people from nearby, build the monastery.

you can read more about Alvastra Kloster on my Omberg page

Directions: Alvastra kloster is located close to the shore of Lake Vättern, about 10 kilometres north of Ödeshög along road 50 (from Vadstena till Ödeshög).
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  • Updated Apr 16, 2006
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