Vadstena Abbey

The Vadstena Church was a Cistercian monastery located in the municipality of Vadstena near Lake Vättern. Founded by St Bridget, the abbey was the seat of her Order. It was active between 1346 and 1595.

On his return journey, Querini stopped in Vadstena and visited the church. In his diary, Querini recounted that they welcomed them into the church, giving them hospitality and food.

From Pietro Querini’s diary (P.Nelli, 2007): We arrived at a place called Vadstena, where St Bridget, founder of a religious order for priests and devout women, was born. In her honour, the royal family had a beautiful church built in which I counted no less than forty-two altars and the ceilings were covered with a very shiny metal. In this monastery live pious nuns with their chaplains of the same religious order.

Helpful links

Official website municipality of Vadstena: https://www.vadstena.se/ 

Official tourist website: https://www.upplevvadstena.se/en/touristinformation.htm 

Information about Vadstena Abbey: https://www.upplevvadstena.se/en/abbey.htm

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