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A brick building with ivy on the facade. Photo.

Palaestra et Odeum

Palaestra et Odeum, designed by architect Helgo Zettervall, was built in 1883. It is classified as a listed building and owned by the National Property Board of Sweden (Statens fastighetsverk). The building originally housed a gymnastics hall (palaestra) and concert hall (odeum). After a fire in the 1980s, the gymnastics hall was replaced by an auditorium, but Odeum remains a centre for music.  


Kapellsalen ("the Chapel Hall") at Palaestra et Odeum was named after Akademiska kapellet (the Lund University Academic Orchestra), which has rehearsed there since 1883. "Kapell" (chapel) is an ancient Swedish word for orchestra, so the name is not connected to religious activities.
Odeum’s ensembles rehearse at Kapellsalen every week. Kapellsalen is also a venue for lectures and chamber concerts.

In the building there are also facilities for Odeum’s staff and music library.

Read more about the accessibility of the Kapellsalen here.

Contact/Find us

Building of the Palaestra et Odeum. Photo.

Visiting address

Palaestra et Odeum
Paradisgatan 4, Lund (entrance facing the University Square)

Postal address

Lund University, Odeum
Box 117
SE-221 00 Lund

Parcel and delivery address

Lund University, Odeum
Sandgatan 5
SE-223 50 Lund

Invoice address

Lund University, Odeum
Box 188
SE-221 00 Lund

Internal mailing 

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