The Song of the Sisters - Authentic Culture Experience
The Song of the Sisters is a guided tour in the medieval abbey church of Naantali. The product offers a unique, contemplative, warm, and genuine approach into local history. This engaging journey in time and song invites its participants to imagine the life of the convent's original inhabitants, the nuns, through storytelling, singing, and togetherness.
The medieval town of Naantali was established in 1443 as the location of a Bridgettine double convent, Vallis Gratiae. It was the only convent in medieval Finland that accepted women as its members, and as such, a unique community in which women had an active role in church life alongside men, as well as the privilege of becoming excellent in many skills. Bridgettine sisters had a special liturgy, created by St. Bridget of Sweden and her spiritual father Petrus in the 1300s. In the 1500s, the convent community of Vallis Gratiae disappeared along with the reformation, but the church was preserved. So were the songs of the sisters – to be rediscovered in the next millennium.
Now, 500 years later, this freshly released tour gathers visitors together to experience singing an authentic Bridgettine song, chanted by the sisters of Vallis Gratiae as an evening prayer. By singing together with the guide, the participants of each tour are able to feel a connection not only to each other but to past generations. Customers can also enjoy the tour by simply listening, singing is voluntary. The goal of the product is to offer not only information about the intriguing local history of Naantali but also a deeply human viewpoint, historical storytelling on an emotional level, and the experience of participation, togetherness, and tranquility.
- €35/person when group consists at least of 30 participants. Price includes coffee/tea and coffee bread.
- €45/person when group consists at least of 30 participants. Price includes includes dinner.
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