The Defeated Abbey. Why was the convent in Askeby unknown? The church and the abbey was built during the 12th century, close to a strategical situated courtyard by a thousand year old route leading from the Baltic Sea to the central parts of Östergötland, and eventually came to be of great importance for grandee families in Eastern Sweden, like Brahe, Banér, Sparre, Bielke, and Gädda. The answer to this is that it came to be the defeated abbey. These named noble families were drawn into the struggle against a kingdom with growing power. The peak was the battle at Stångebro in 1598, when Duke Karl finally defeated his uncle Sigismund, leading to the representatives for these families were sentenced to death. They were executed at Linköping Bloodbath in 1600. Askeby church and abbey did not have any defenders, it had been plundered and was destroyed several times, even the inhabitants of the abbey buildings had to pay a high price during this dramatical period. However, the church came to be preserved in a sort of scanty way.

So, how could the abbey be brought back to life? In 2006 the Association of Askeby Abbey was established and after some discussions, the members decided that the best way would be through data visualization. The members agreed upon remaking the abbey from the year of 1444. But better knowledge was required before work could begin. Read more about how information was gathered in the topic Det återuppbyggda klostret.

Visualization – Askeby Abbey