Monday, July 4, 2011

The monastry of Alvastra.

No rain today, but it was a little bit cold. The churches of Herrestad and Örberga were real exciting. I´ll write more about them  here later this summer. But I have to mention that Herrestad is the oldest now in use stone church in Sweden.
On our way home we stopped at the monastry of Alvastra. So beautiful and well protected. The monastry was founded in 1143 and has had royal connections  for a long time.

In the 12th century King Sverker and Queen Ulvhild lived here in this area. But not for sure where. They donated a large estate to the Cistercians and after that the monastry was founded. During the Reformation it was dissolved and its lands acceded to the Crown. The building material was used for other things. Now it´s a ruin. The remains have been investigated by archaeologists several times and there have also been several phases of restoration and conservation.
I see this monastry as a monument of our early Christians time.

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