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Skogskyrkogården

Listed under Tombs & Memorials in Stockholm, Sweden.

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When Skogskyrkogården was created at the beginning of the 1900s, it was unique and unlike anything ever seen before. Today, it is considered one of the most important creations of modern architecture.

Skyscraper? Bridge? Memorial? School? Monument? Church?

No….a cemetery.

As soon as I heard that a cemetery was one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites in Stockholm – I had to go visit. Really – a cemetery as a UNESCO World Heritage site – what in the world could make it so special?

Granted it didn’t have to be a World Heritage site to make me go visit – being a cemetery was enough for me as I have a little thing for cemeteries. But it already had one other thing going for it – it was free. I arrived in Stockholm trying to be budget conscience once again as Stockholm was even more expensive then Copenhagen. Normally I would go wander a cemetery just because – but I was intrigued by why Skogskyrkogården (also called Woodland Cemetery) was listed as a tourist site as well as one of the most important creations of modern architecture.

As soon as I walked in the cemetery and past the Meditation Grove I realized right away why this cemetery was so special. The gravesites were situated among a forest of tall evergreens – a beautiful way to highlight life, death, and nature. It really was a different design then I’ve ever seen before. I felt as though I was hiking through a forest and had come across a cemetery – it was harmonious. This was the exact goal of Skogskyrkogården when it was created in the early 1900’s – to blend nature and architecture into a seamless whole.

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Written by  World Reviewer Staff.

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“Skogskyrkogården”

This Stockholm cemetery was created between 1917 and 1920 by two young architects, Asplund and Lewerentz, on the site of former gravel pits overgrown with pine trees. The design blends vegetation and architectural elements, taking advantage of irregulari… Read more...

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