Vadstena Abbey Church was built according to Saint Bridget’s measurements and instructions she received in a revelation from Christ. Since the inauguration of the convent, people from all over the world have pilgrimaged to Vadstena and the Abby Church, one of Europe’s most important pilgrimage destinations.
The Abbey Church is today a protestant parish church within the Swedish Church, but was built as a catholic church.
Apart from the grand Abbey Church, you can visit the following attractions in the area: Sancta Birgitta Convent Museum, convent ruins, Vadstena Klosterhotel and thousands of kloster Lilies bloom during spring.
Birgitta Birgersdotter, today known as Saint Bridget, had revelations as a child. When her husband passed the visions of a convent started to appear. Bridget travelled to Rom in 1349 in order to found a new religious order. Pope Urban V granted Bridget’s new order O.Ss.S. in 1370. The construction of the Abbey Church and the convent were built according to the information Bridget received in a revelation. The convent was inaugurated 1384 and the first abbess of the convent was Bridget’s daughter Chaterine. The convent consisted of two conventions, one with 60 sisters and one with 25 brothers. The convent closed down in 1595 and the buildings were used for military houses and hospitals.
Ordo Sanctissimi Salvatoris
Birgittine nuns still exist in Vadstena. Right by the old convent they have their Abby Church which was built in 1973 and their convent. They also run a guesthouse in the area.
The Bjälbo palace and.
The red brick building next to the Abbey Church dates back to the 13th century. It was built as a palace by the Folkungätten, also known as Bjälboätten, for king Valdermar, son to Birger Jarl and princess Ingeborg. When Bridget got ordered to found a convent the palace was donated by king Magnus and queen Blanka. The palace got rebuilt and the sisters moved in. When the convent closed down 1595 the buildings were used as for military houses and hospitals. The palace is today a museum about Saint Bridget’s life, the convent life and the palace history. The Sancta Birgitta Klostermuseum arranges guided tours, concerts, lectures and seminars. Get to know more about the Sancta Birgitta Klostermuseum here.