Varnhems Klosterkyrka
Varnhems Klosterkyrka
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_hakan_bergdahl
Pitea, Sweden175 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
If you are interested in history and beautiful landscapes this is the place to visit. The history of the abbey church goes back to the 1040´s when the first stone church was built. When the cisterciens arrived at Varnhem they had set rules of how to build their monasteries and churches and the basis of the church we see today was built.

The church was ruined by fire in the 1240´s but was rebuilt. After the reduction in the 1500´s when the Crown confiscated the property the monks left and the monastery was used for building material and fell into ruins.

Today the church is active as a parish church and serves as the grave church for three early kings and several noblemen, a dowager queen and a princess. Since the church was built by the monks (much of their masses contained singing and chanting) the acoustics inside are superb. If you get the chance to visit for a concert you are in for a treat! Depending on who is the "guide on duty" you can also hear Gregorian chants softly played from the speaker system which adds to the atmosphere.

If you have the opportunity, take a guided tour of the church and the abbey ruins.
Written 24 July 2023
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Phayao13
Stockholm, Sweden3,846 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
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 who will show you the church and tell you about its fascinating history.An almost 1,000-year-old history that feels alive
Written 23 August 2022
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johanekenstierna
Lund, Sweden2,498 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
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
Written 27 October 2020
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Magnus C
Basel, Switzerland4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
Beautiful Cistercienser Abby from 1150 and newly discovered Kata Farm museum just next to the Abby. Impressive De La Gardie family mausoleum in the side chapel. Impressive romanesque baptismal font
Written 6 March 2020
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Anne Helene B
Oslo, Norway95 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Couples
A must-see in the area. We visited Varnhem because my boyfriend LOVES the Arn trilogy by Jan Guillou, and he was not disappointed. A great church that differs from a lot of cathedrals and churches in the Nordics as the architecture is not so continental, but more Northern in its look. A lot to see, including the grave of Birger Jarl (a headlight of the trip for my BF), along with the Kata grave on the hill overlooking the monastery and the church. Also: remember to have a cup of coffee and cake at the café.

Check out when the guided tours are in advance - we didn't have the time.

Tip: visit Västra Götalands museum to see the short documentaries about the history of the church and/or Kata & Kätill in Skara if you have the time. Also: visit Gudhem ruins too.
Written 16 July 2019
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thomas c
Malmö, Sweden47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Family
Truly worth a visit. Also a new museum with cultural history back from the year 1000! Great explanations and it's for free.... while you have to pay to enter the church a bury place for past kings!
Written 27 May 2018
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MrPhileasF
London, UK2,147 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Solo
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.
Written 30 April 2018
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Pontus Boby
Norra Lundby, Sweden35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017
A Church that is one of a kind where a lot of Kings and highly spoken people of society are buried. The Founder of Stockholm is buried here (Birger Jarl). Now you can visit the Kata Grave and the old Lime Stone Church that could be the heart and start of Christianity in Sweden.
Written 5 December 2017
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spiddob
249 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Friends
A really excellent day trip. Church beautiful. Monastic ruins great to walk around. Also the newly discovered Kata Gard was a real treat. Remains of an 11th century stone church where remains were found in a Christian grave with origins before Christianity was supposed to have come to Sweden. A visit to the Skara museum afterwards is also strongly recommended. It was a fun day out.
Written 5 November 2017
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Waldo D
13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Friends
The Church is beautiful, it's history is rich and so influential on the development to modern-looking Sweden. It's 11th Century beginning is believed to be the start of Christianity in Sweden.

My friends were married here just a week ago and seeing the church come alive with such a special family celebration made it, for me, a unique experience.

Well worth a visit, to see the church, to see it's location, to see the archaeological dig going on in the grounds. Take some time to visit and have yourself a coffee and refreshments in the church's cafe. You won't be disappointed by any of it. The locals are very accommodating and welcoming even to the English Man who doesn't speak but a few words of Swedish. ♥
Written 6 August 2017
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