Varnhems klosterkyrka Skara pastorat, Varnhem

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  • You are welcome to wander under the church's Romanesque-Gothic vault, where the monks' masses and chants once encouraged reflection.During the tourist season, you can accompany a knowledgeable guide.....  more
    You are welcome to wander under the church's Romanesque-Gothic vault, where the monks' masses and chants once encouraged reflection.During the tourist season, you can accompany a knowledgeable guide.....  more »
  • and the most beautiful area to build a church. Welcome to Varnhem the birthplace for Swedish history and culture where Vikings become Christian and knight templars where next to powerful women 
    and the most beautiful area to build a church. Welcome to Varnhem the birthplace for Swedish history and culture where Vikings become Christian and knight templars where next to powerful women  more »
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  • Impressive cathedral like church. Built by the monks in the early 1100 and transformed in the 1600 by Magnus de la Gardie. It holds tombs by early Swedish kings and the de la Gardie family. It also has an Impressive carpet made Agda Österberg well worth a look. A tip is to take a guided tour which will give a lot of extra and also includes the Abbey ruins.
  • One of the places worth a little detour to see is the Varnhem Abbey and it's surroundings. Whilst the cistercian abbey is long gone and only ruins are there to see, the church still stands as a beautiful mark from a time long gone. Besides the beautiful architecture there are several Swedish kings buried here, the monks build the church with acoustic in mind so make sure you stay for a service. There is a museum at the back of the ruins about the abbey and on the hill above there is a museum about the beginning of Swedish Christianity during the Viking age. There is plenty to see and learn but there is also a lot of restaurants and coffee shops around. Finally it is also a part of the pilgrimage network in Sweden should you want to do a walk.

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