Vadstena klosterkyrka

‘Of plain construction, humble and strong’, the church was built in response to one of St Birgitta’s visions. After its consecration in 1430, Vadstena became the top pilgrimage site in Sweden. Step inside for medieval sculptures and carved floor slabs.

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