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Verta Kloster

December 29th, 2016

As you can imagine, I’m still going through photos from our trip to Sweden. We didn’t plan a ton of activities while we were there, we enjoy winging it while we are on vacation. Stopping when we see something interesting, as was the case when we read about Vreta Kloster. Part of the foundations here are around a thousand years old – WOW! Vreta Abbey was a house of Benedictine nuns until 1162. It burnt down and was rebuilt hundreds of years ago, but as it aged some of it fell into disrepair. Some of the ruins have been repaired and preserved as is. Some of them have been turned into pergolas with walkways. It’s quite stunning!
It was quite a gem of a place to discover on our drive from Stocklholm to Jönköping. The perfect stop to get out and stretch our legs while enjoying a piece of history. It’s always amazing to see things that are so much older than we can find here in this country.

Do you like to plan out your entire vacation or wing it and find things along the way?

2 Comments to “Verta Kloster”
  1. Chris on December 29, 2016 at 9:32 pm

    Just gorgeous! There is something magical about seeing and feeling things hundreds of years old…I think they just get more beautiful with age. Especially natural materials that have been used and cared for through the centuries. I love that they have planted flowers at the gravesites instead of just setting down cut flowers and the lichen and moss on those gravestones and garden pillars…so beautiful.
    That vining plant over everything looks like Virginia Creeper, although I’m sure it’s called something else there.
    Looking down those ancient stone paths, you can almost imagine following in the footsteps of the nuns so long ago.

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  2. Nebraska Dave on December 30, 2016 at 9:13 am

    Susy, my vacations are usually visiting family. As you well know, I’m just not a traveler nor am I interested in seeing things in far away lands. During this season of life, I am quite content to spend my time on my garden improving the look and soil. I’ve often thought about in 15 or 20 years when I no longer can get to the garden what will it look like in ruin. Will any one remember the gardener that pored his life and soul into the garden as they drive by? My thoughts when I see some thing like Verta Kloster is to imagine who the workers were that originally built the house and planted the grounds. I’m mesmerized by stone work and try my best to build with stone. The amount of work to build an entire house from stone boggles my mind. Those detailed long standing buildings took several life times to complete. It puts to shame our building practices in this country. I’m glad you had such a great time visiting Sweden.

    Have a great vacation memory day.

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