The the Cloister church in Lund


Attraction
about one hour
The Cathedral in Lund is the most visited church in Sweden, but those visiting Lund often miss to visit the old Saint Peter cloister church , often just called the cloister church. This church is the only one, beside the Cathedral, left from the medieval time. All the other churches in Lund were destroyed after the reformation in Denmark 1536. It is a small but beautiful and historical interesting building, and below we show some pictures from it.

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The church was built in a Romanesque style in mid-12th century as a cloister church for Benedictine nuns, called Saint Mary and Saint Peter. In the beginning of the 14th century, it was rebuilt in a Gothic style with bricks.

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Just inside the entrance there is a stone covered with ornamentation, this stone probably originates from the first Romanesque church.
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The cloister church was also a parish church. The parishioner had their places at the first floor in the longhouse, just as today, and the nuns dispose a long gallery in the back, where the pipe balcony is located today.
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At the western facade there are signs after the door used by the nuns to enter their balcony. At the inside wall there are signs after the arches that carried the nun’s gallery.
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In the middle of the church, high up the wall, you will find the Prioress balcony. The Prioress was the head for the cloister.
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There was a cloister court around the whole building, and the inner part was surrounded by a so-called cloister crossroad. Two sections of those are remaining inside the church.
There are many famous and interesting persons buried at the graveyard. Here you see two of them.
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In this grave, the stepfather of the circus princess Elvira Madigan, John Adalbert Madigan, is buried. Supposedly, also her mother, grandmother, and younger half-sister are all buried in this grave. Here is the grave where the former Swedish archbishop Olof Sundby and his wife are buried. He was the officiant when the present Swedish king Carl XVI Gustaf married queen Silvia in 1976.