Ramundeboda Abbey Ruins

Finnerödja, Sweden

Ramundeboda Abbey belonged to the Hospital Brothers of St. Anthony and was established in the late 1400s. This was the only Antonines monastery in Sweden. After Reformation abbey's properties were seized in 1527. After that there was an inn until 1800s and the Ramundeboda Church between 1686-1688. The church was moved to Laxå in 1899.

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E20, Finnerödja, Sweden
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Founded: c. 1475
Category: Ruins in Sweden
Historical period: Kalmar Union (Sweden)

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Torsten Andersson (13 months ago)
God glass ?
Gustaf Sjöholm (18 months ago)
Cozy and picturesque little stop along the road, why not give it a go? I enjoyed the the average waffles outside in the sun - in front of the beautiful lake. The checked out the ruins 1 minute walk away before hitting the dull state road E20 again. Full, refreshed and loaded with a small doze of cultural history... Recommended!
Nora Selmeczi (2 years ago)
Delicious waffles first thing in the morning! the consistency is perfect: crisp on the outside, chewy on the inside, with a generous dollop of cream and cloudberry jam. I also loved the whimsical selection of coffee cups. The café is located in a beautiful setting, just off the E20, definitely worth taking a short break!
Heli Lehtinen (2 years ago)
Tasty food and friendly staff.
Karin Brinck (3 years ago)
Nice place by the lake with tasty ice cream. Didn't test the food or the waffles, but looked real good.
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