Alvastra (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈâlːˌvasːtra] (About this soundlisten))[1] is a small village in Ödeshög Municipality in eastern Sweden. It is known for being the seat of the Cistercian Alvastra Abbey in the Middle Ages, established in 1143 by French monks.[2] After the Swedish Lutheran reformation in the 1530s, the monastery was demolished, never to be rebuilt.

Alvastra as it looked in Suecia antiqua et hodierna, around 1700.

The Alvastra monastery ruin is today well preserved and popular place to visit.

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  1. ^ Jöran Sahlgren; Gösta Bergman (1979). Svenska ortnamn med uttalsuppgifter (in Swedish). p. 4.
  2. ^ "Alvastra klosterruin". Archived from the original on 23 June 2015. Retrieved 5 May 2015.

Coordinates: 58°17′40″N 14°39′02″E / 58.29444°N 14.65056°E / 58.29444; 14.65056