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Alvastra as it looked in Suecia antiqua et hodierna, around 1700.

Alvastra is a small village in Ödeshög Municipality in eastern Sweden. It is known for being the seat of the Cistercian Alvastra Abbey in the Middle Ages, established in 1143 by French monks.[1] After the Swedish Lutheran reformation in the 1530s, the monastery was demolished, never to be rebuilt.

The Alvastra monastery ruin is today well preserved and popular place to visit.


  1. ^ "Alvastra klosterruin". Retrieved 5 May 2015. 

Coordinates: 58°17′40″N 14°39′02″E / 58.29444°N 14.65056°E / 58.29444; 14.65056