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Alvastra Abbey

Coordinates: 58°17′48″N 14°39′31″E / 58.29667°N 14.65861°E / 58.29667; 14.65861
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Alvastra Monastery
Ruins of the monastery.
Alvastra Abbey is located in Östergötland
Alvastra Abbey
Location within Östergötland
Monastery information
LocationAlvastra, Östergötland County, Sweden
Coordinates58°17′48″N 14°39′31″E / 58.29667°N 14.65861°E / 58.29667; 14.65861

Alvastra Abbey (Alvastra klosterruin) was a Cistercian monastery located at Alvastra in Östergötland, Sweden. [2]



Alvastra monastery was founded in 1143 by French monks who belonged to the Cistercian Order. A number of monks and lay brothers left the French monastery of Clairvaux Abbey. It was founded at Alvastra in Västra Tollstad parish in Ödeshög municipality on the site of a donation of land by King Sverker I of Sweden. The monastery church was inaugurated in 1185. For nearly 400 years Alvastra monastery prospered. Varnhem Abbey (Varnhems kloster) at Varnhem in Västergötland was founded around 1150 by monks of the Cistercian Order from Alvastra Abbey. Stefan, Archbishop of Uppsala (Stephanus) was a Cistercian monk from Alvastra monastery. [3] [4]

The graves of Kings Sverker I, Carl I, Sverker II and John I, as well as Queens Richeza the Elder, Benedicta and (probably) Ulvhild are to be found in the abbey ruins.[5]

Alvastra monastery was dissolved and appropriated by the Crown at the time of the Protestant Reformation in accordance with the Reduction of Gustav I of Sweden. [6]



  1. ^ "Alvastra Monastery". Swedish National Heritage Board. Archived from the original on 2012-09-07. Retrieved 1 September 2011.
  2. ^ "Alvastra Abbey". wadbring.com. Retrieved July 1, 2020.
  3. ^ "Varnhem Abbey". wadbring.com. Retrieved July 1, 2020.
  4. ^ "Stephanus". Svenskt biografiskt lexikon. Retrieved July 1, 2020.
  5. ^ Demitz, Jacob Truedson (2020). Centuries of Selfies: Portraits commissioned by Swedish kings and queens. Preface by Ulf Sundberg. Stockholm; New York: Vulkan Förlag. p. 165. ISBN 978-91-89179-63-9.
  6. ^ "Alvastra klosterruin". Visit Ostergotland. Retrieved July 1, 2020.