Lyse Abbey, Lysekloster

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Lyse Abbey or Saint Mary's Abbey, Lyse is a now-ruined Cistercian monastery in the municipality of Os in the county of Hordaland in south-western Norway. The name "Lyse" is derived from the Lysefjorden, "the fjord of light", near which the building stood. The abbey lies at the southern base of the Lyshornet mountain.
Lyse Abbey was founded in 1146 by Sigurd, Bishop of Bergen, on farmland that he owned, as the Christianisation of Norway was nearing completion. The first monks were brought from Fountains Abbey in Yorkshire, England. This was the first Cistercian monastery in Norway and was modeled on others built in England and France.
As with all Cistercians, the monks took a vow of poverty. Renouncing all sources of income except from farming, they developed considerable skill in farming operations and management. Over time, this led to the abbey acquiring many other farms in the area, making it ever more rich and powerful. In all, the monastery had about 50 other farms in Os with at least as many more in other areas.
The abbey was dissolved in 1537 when Christian III of Denmark decreed Lutheranism to be the state religion of Norway. The abbey’s possessions were confiscated, becoming the property of the King. Over the next two centuries, the stones of the monastery structures were gradually removed and contributed to buildings such as the Rosenkrantz Tower in Bergen, and Kronborg Castle in Helsingør in Denmark. Some stones were shipped as far as Germany.
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  • We stopped by Lyse Abbey while we were traveling back into Bergen from Lysoen (see that review...great place). Literally, this is a ruin on the side of the road fenced off with a small gate and chicke...  more »
  • There are a lot of standing, preserved buildings in Norway that are as much as 1,000 years old, and they give a wonderful glimpse of history. When they have ruins, it's usually for a reason. Here it w...  more »
  • The ruin is very easy to reach by the adjacent road. This is also a very short visit worth while passing through. Infromationstafeln tells you a lot about the history of the monastery. Also, it is a nice place to relax and rest on a long car ride.
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  • Splendid as always.
  • Interesting ruins and there is a nice walking path into the srrounding area. But not much else.
  • At first sight is nothing totally disappointing.We walked a bit further and we found a magical, green, fairy tale scenario. The woods
  • old time history is the best
  • Norway's oldest cistercian monastry, founded 1146 by monks from the monastry of Fountains Abby ,York England
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