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The Gardens of Saint Sunniva

Miguel Hernández


Vår 2020
Institutt for urbanisme og landskap

Luis Rodrigo Callejas Mujica
The project addresses critically tourism and heritage through the delusion of a forgotten monastic garden.

It explores spatially the potential of archaeological excavations to design landscapes and architectures.
The garden of the prosperous monastery of Selja disappeared 500 years ago. The ruins of the old abbey remain in place and the landscape surrounding it is in great measure a product of the activity of the monks. Pilgrimage to the shrine of St. Sunniva, womb of Norwegian church , has recently been reo-pened.

The project understands the situation as an opportunity to turn the future pilgrimage centre into a new monastery. A home for temporary visitors and seasonal researchers.

The excavation of an archaeological trench next to the old ruins of the abbey engages with the construction of the new one and the delusion of the lost garden.

By using the by-products of the archaeological excavation as design tools, it embraces the pow-er of archaeology to create spaces that defy heritage’s current commitment to an orderly and divided world in which nature and culture, past and present, preservation and loss, are neatly kept apart*.

* Olsen, B. Pétursdóttir Þ. Unruly Heritage: Tracing Legacies in the Anthropocene. UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø, 2016








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