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The Vitskøl Abbey Nov 06, 2010
The Vitskøl Abbey which previously was named Bjørnholm is a former monastery near Løgstør. You can see the preserved ruins of the abbey church were planned larger than it ended up being. Vitskøl name comes from the name of the village Withscuele and latinized of monks to Vitae Schola = Life School. The monastery is located on a coast of the Limfjord with good view and can be seen from afar when you are in this region.
There was a battle for the Danish throne after the assassination of Knud Lavard 1131 and it was not before Valdemar the Great, defeated Svend Grathe Hede in 1157 that call was re-established across the kingdom. Waldemar wanted then to thank God by building a monastery.
The monastery was founded in 1158 and it was originally thought to be the largest church in Scandinavia, and also in Northern Europe. The church was not successful, but the monastery was successful and Vitskøl Abbey remains one of Europe's oldest surviving monastic buildings.
Construction commenced in year 1158, when King Valdemar the Great gave the area and the estate to the monks to thank God for the victory of King Svend Grathe Hede. The Cistenciens order were known to settle in deserted places, and with great skill mastering agriculture, fishing, milling, etc.
The Order built after their Procedure regulations first the four-winged building complex with the abbey church facing north. The church was built as a three-aisle cruciform church construction which if it had been completed, would have been Scandinavia's largest church.
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