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Atlas Obscura Alvastra Abbey

The ruins of this monastery preserve a part of Swedish history from before the Protestant Reformation. It’s from a time when people donated land or money to gain easier access to heaven after their deaths.

This monastery started in the 12th century, when King Sverker the Elder and his queen, who wanted to gain favor with the church, donated land to the French Clairvaux monks and invited them to come and build the sanctuary. After the king was murdered, his body was buried in the monastery grounds.

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