The next stop is Ystad. One of the few towns where you could still navigate using a map from the Middle Ages, if we only had one. There is a Franciscan abbey! Also known as one of the oldest preserved medieval monasteries in Sweden. The house was once a Franciscan centre for people to meet, not just for religious purposes, but also to spread new ideas on architecture, art, medicine, agriculture, food, science — and compassion.
The abbey is, in a way, still such a centre. A living museum spreading knowledge through experience. Klostret i Ystad is keen to tie its history to the many modern issues and give our visitors an experience for all the senses.
Now and then, the abbey holds exhibitions related to fabrics. In 1999, there was a large exhibition featuring Österlen folk costumes, and in 2003, there was an exhibition called Sacred Clothing.
The books published by Ystads Fornminnesförening – Ystad Ancient Monument Association can be purchased in both the abbey and Österlen museum’s shop. They can also (_)be ordered here.”:http://www.ystadsfornminnesforening.se/html/produkter.html
Kulturmagasinet is located on the old regimental headquarters in the city; once home to the largest cavalry regiment in Scandinavia! It is owned by the Ystads Fornminnesförening, but is managed by the municipal museum. Very soon, they will be reachable by the internet. Here, a large collection of covers, carriage cushions, bench coverings, folk costume and costume silver that was gathered by school headmaster Nils Gustaf Bruzelius during the second half of the 19th century can be found. The extensive collection of costume silver will soon be exhibited at the abbey.
For field trips to the Culture Storehouse, please contact Ingela Bergils by e-mail:
Let us strike a blow for the Konsthantverkarna i Ystad – Craftsmen of Ystad. Here, the bar is high when it comes to the quality of the handicrafts and many of the exhibitors are textile artists with their roots in Skåne’s cultural history.
You simply must visit Per Helsas gård – Per Helsa’s Courtyard. The courtyard consists of an entire quarter and is said to be the most preserved half-timbered quarter in Scandinavia. Here you will find several craftsmen and workshops and a wonderful restaurant with an ecological and vegetarian menu.
Do not miss the special Book Café Hos Morten – Book Café at Morten’s. It is open during the day, serving smørrebrød, salads and soup.
Places to stay in Ystad are available in all price ranges, from fine hotels to hostels and camping grounds. You can make your reservations here.