Nydala abbey by João Figueiredo

This abbey was started to built in the year of 1143 by French Cistercian monks. Curiously, in that same year, the son of a French count was defeating a “Spanish” (Spain didn’t exist at that time) army and conquering independence to Portugal, becoming it’s first king.

The abbey was finished 3 years later and it was one of the first Cistercian monasteries in Sweden, working almost as a closed society since at that time the abbey had a wall and a moat surrounding the estate, and inside there was practically everything to survive like a tiny small town.

Later on the king Gustav Vasa appropriated the abbey in the XVI century generating some fights and plundering between local villagers, church and nobles that didn’t want to accept that an abbey should have another master besides God. I’m sure that the real motives with this small civil war had much more to do with the fact that the abbey was the richest in Sweden, owning more than 250 farms dominating the whole area of the nowadays Småland. About 40 years later and after the king Gustav Vasa had total control of the area, in the year of 1568 the Danish nearly tear it down during the Swedish War of Liberation.

After that the abbey was rebuilt bit bit by over the years until what it is today. Not much is left of the original abbey, but some ruins are still there to be seen. Finally, and after 479 years of waiting, in the 6th June 2008, a group of Cistercian monks came back to the abbey to live there. Today the abbey works as local grave yard and church and monastery for monks.

Nydala, Värnamo – Sweden


Coming from Portugal, established in Sweden since 2010. “I tell what I see, I see what I tell.”

Self tought. I am still learning, I allways will be! Landscapes and nature were, are and allways will be my favourite thing to shoot. Other motifs? Yeah, they will come as well…

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  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeabout 3 years ago

  • Sweet! :)

    – João Figueiredo

  • Mark Williams
    Mark Williamsabout 3 years ago

    Great shot and history Joao!!

  • Much appreciated Mark!

    – João Figueiredo

  • William Bullimore
    William Bullimoreabout 3 years ago


    January 10th, 2012

  • YAY!!! My first feature on that group!! Thanks so much!!!!

    – João Figueiredo

  • vaggypar
    vaggyparabout 3 years ago

    Lovely Work….!

  • Thanks vaggypar!! Much appreciated for your visits and nice comments!

    – João Figueiredo

  • katekreations
    katekreationsabout 3 years ago

    Congratulations featured 24th january 2012

  • It’s my first one with you guys!! Thank you so much!!! :)

    – João Figueiredo

  • RobynLee
    RobynLeeabout 3 years ago

  • Thank you so much!! This was unexpected! Thanks!!

    – João Figueiredo

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sedicialmost 2 years ago

    April 6th, 2013
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  • Trully thankful Mary!! :)

    – João Figueiredo

  • LadyFi
    LadyFiover 1 year ago

    Sp pretty!

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