Bosjökloster

Höör, Sweden

Bosjökloster (Bosjö Abbey) was originally a nunnery, founded in 1080 by the Benedictine Order. The oldest preserved document that mentions Bosjö Abbey was written by Pope Lucius III in 1181, when he confirmed its privileges. According to local legend, the land was donated by Tord Thott, the first known ancestor of the Scanian noble family Thott. The abbey was transformed into a castle in the 16th century, and only parts of the original building remains.

During the Danish Reformation in the 16th century, the nunnery was closed down and the estate became Danish crown property. It was subsequently donated to the former archbishop of Lund, Torbern Bille, under the condition that he took care of the remaining nuns. In 1560 Frederick II of Denmark gave the estate as a barter to the widowed Scanian noble woman Thale Ulfstand. Her initials and the year 1569 are carved into the large oak doors of the entrance and are still visible.

The castle passed to the Beck family through marriage in 1629, but when Jochum Beck lost the family fortune, it was sold to Corfitz Ulfeldt to repay his debts. Ulfeldt was a Danish aristocrat famous for having switched sides. When he showed up at the peace negotiations at the Treaty of Roskilde proceedings to negotiate on behalf of Sweden, he was convicted of treason by a Danish court. Soon thereafter, he was also convicted of treason by a Swedish court, and was forced into exile. His wife Leonora Christina, daughter of Christian IV, was captured in his place by the Danish authorities and was imprisoned in the Blue Tower in Copenhagen for 22 years.

Bosjökloster Castle was sequestrated by the Swedish state and fell into disrepair. After a lawsuit in 1735, Bosjökloster was returned to the Beck family, who renovated the castle. They sold it in 1908 to Count Philip Bonde, whose family still owns Bosjökloster.

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Founded: 1080
Category: Castles and fortifications in Sweden
Historical period: Consolidation (Sweden)

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Pardalis Georgios (7 months ago)
Very beautiful place beyond any doubt. I will definitely visit again to get the guided tour
Ivan Januskevic (8 months ago)
Great to visit, even during off-season!
Orni Sachs (12 months ago)
A wonderful place. A sense of connection to a thousand years of history. Great exhibitions. There is convenient parking for the motorhome. Thanks to the hosts. It would have been great to have the option of a guided tour.
Charlotte Katakuri (13 months ago)
This historical place has many beautiful gardens full of flowers. I recommend this place and come here to celebrate middle summer!☀️☀️ They often have activities and you can sing and dance here. Interested of animals? Here you can see ?! You can feed them but don’t get too close (some of them are aggressive). They have horses ? too!?
Viktorya Joakim (15 months ago)
So many activities for whole family. Bosjökloster is perfect example of an open air day off activity. You can have a good meal, lovely walk and children can play at the playground. How great to live close by such a wholesome place.
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