Pilgrim²

Welcome to an uplifting encounter with pilgrimages throughout the ages – past, present and future. It is an exhibition focusing on journeys in mind and body, based on the Museum’s archaeological collections, local history and accounts of pilgrimages far and wide.

Exhibition – journeys in mind and body

On June 13, 2015, Lödöse Museum officially opened Pilgrim² – an exhibition of journeys in mind and body, based on the Museum’s archaeological collections, local history and accounts of pilgrimages far and wide. Pilgrim² is a permanent exhibition.

Newly aroused interest

Pilgrimages are a global phenomenon and a common feature of all the major religions of the world. In recent years, there has been a growing interest in Sweden in pilgrimages. What is the reason behind this newly aroused interest? Using contemporary life as a starting point, we make our way back in time and gradually find ourselves out in the landscape, wandering along the network of pilgrim routes that pass through Lödöse in every direction. With an archaeological treasure trove of pilgrim badges and inspiring stories about saints, the lives of the pilgrims are brought to life. They also raise questions about the restlessness of the people of today and their search for inner peace. Perhaps our need for personal contemplation combined with physical activity is greater than ever?

Lödöse – a hub for pilgrim trails

Lödöse has throughout history been an important hub for pilgrimages, due mainly to the fact that it was a port town. During the Middle Ages, pilgrims set off from Lödöse by boat to the continent and the major pilgrim destinations. The Museum has collections that include several objects that bear witness to this. Three marked trails pass through Lödöse, divided into three sections: Gothenburg-Lödöse, Lödöse-Skara, and Lödöse-Vänersborg. The exhibition includes information about the trails, as well as maps and digital aids that help bring history to life for the pilgrims of today. Would you like to embark on a journey of your own? Or would you like to find out more about the trails? Click here to access a website with descriptions of the trails, things to see along the way, and a series of maps.

Unique collection of pilgrim badges

Pilgrim badges were bought by pilgrims at the pilgrimage sites. They were decorative and could be purchased purely as souvenirs, although if the aim of the pilgrimage was to seek a cure for an ailment, it was evidence that the pilgrimage had actually been undertaken. The pilgrim badges made the pilgrims easy to recognise, thus endowing them with a certain degree of personal immunity. All good Christians were expected to provide passing pilgrims with help and support on their journey.

A total of 11 pilgrim badges from the major pilgrim destinations have been found in Lödöse. They originate from Santiago de Compostela, Riga, Cologne, Canterbury, Einsiedeln, Noblat, Vadstena and Skara. Lödöse is one of the foremost sites in Sweden for finding pilgrim badges – a clear indication that it was an important departure point for pilgrims during the Middle Ages.