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The Abbey in Ystad

S:t Petri Kyrkoplan, Ystad 271 80, Sweden
+46 411 57 72 86
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Fine but not worth a detour

If you are going to Bornholm and are waiting fo the ferry or if you are in Ystad (which is a really... read more

Reviewed June 10, 2018
Morten R
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Copenhagen, Denmark
A haven of peace

The history of the Abbey brings home the strength of the monastic orders in Southern Sweden... read more

Reviewed April 4, 2018
Notrac
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Geneva, Switzerland
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The Abbey in Ystad was founded in 1267 by Franciscan munks called Grey Friars. It is the best kept Abbey in Sweden together with Vadstena Abbey. Today it houses the cultural history museum of Ystad: The Abbey in Ystad. The Abbey in Ystad offers exhibitions and activities all year around. The medieval church built in Brick Gothic style is the oldest structure and is open for museum visitors. During the summer visitors enjoy fragrant and healing plants in the herb, cabbage, rose and peony gardens surrounding The Abbey. The museum shop offers designer items and handmade crafts. You can also buy a cup of coffee and a sweet treat there.
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“rose garden” (5 reviews)
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“nice museum” (2 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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S:t Petri Kyrkoplan, Ystad 271 80, Sweden
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+46 411 57 72 86
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Reviewed June 10, 2018

If you are going to Bornholm and are waiting fo the ferry or if you are in Ystad (which is a really charming town) you must visit the abbey and the museum. If you ar just in souhern Sweden it is not worth a detour...More

Thank Morten R
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Reviewed April 4, 2018

The history of the Abbey brings home the strength of the monastic orders in Southern Sweden pre-reformation, their eviction only fifteen years after Martin Luther's first pronouncements in 1517, the subsequent uses of the building and the thankfully the renovation in the early twentieth century.

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Reviewed April 1, 2018

The abbey is Ystad is lovely and well preserved, with various aspects of monastic life highlighted throughout the history of the city. A very interesting way for spending an hour or two, especially on a grey day.

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Reviewed January 6, 2018

I visited this abbey, which long ago was an important place, before it was destroyed by the reformation. Now it is a museum with an exhibition about the sad story of the abbey’s Franciscans monks. The Abbey in Ystad, sometimes also simply Greyfriars Abbey is...More

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Reviewed September 27, 2017 via mobile

Just a joy to wander around the old city streets. And take break for delicious coffee and real ales in the Brewery Pub.

Thank David T
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Reviewed August 23, 2017

Beautiful place in the downtown of YSTAD. We have been there during a wlking tour in the town, after the Kirke and shopping

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Reviewed July 25, 2017 via mobile

It's interesting and well load inside. Simple clear and easy to follow. The ticket for the museum lets you into the church too. I enjoyed the simplicity and how linear and easy it was to get around but I think the best moment was walking...More

Thank CCmilan
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Reviewed July 6, 2017

The Abbey museum explains beautifully the history of the abbey and the restoration. The exhibits were well labeled. In addition to photographic exhibits, there was a slide show of the history of the town which I enjoyed. I was happy to pay the $6 (US)...More

Thank ToniHa12
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Reviewed July 4, 2017

The museum is informative and tells you in a nice story the history of the abbey and the whole city. It is 50SEK per person. The museum is unfortunately not very interactive and it is up to the visitor to make sense of a lot....More

Thank Klara W
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Reviewed July 2, 2017

The rich story of this beautifully restored abbey unfolds from 1267 and it provides a timeline mirroring Nordic history. Through the centuries, the monks toiled diligently to enlarge and improve their abbey. This all came to a brutal end when they were evicted as part...More

Thank Reslysten54
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The Abbey is open in May and also on Sundays!
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