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Skogskyrkogarden, Stockholm
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Skogskyrkogården is a cemetery located in the Enskededalen district south of central Stockholm, Sweden. Its design, by Gunnar Asplund and Sigurd Lewerentz, reflects the development of architecture from Nordic Classicism to mature functionalism.HistorySkogskyrkogården came about following an international competition in 1915 for the design of a new cemetery in Enskede in the southern part of Stockholm, Sweden. The entry called "Tallum" by the young architects Gunnar Asplund and Sigurd Lewerentz was selected. After changes made to the design on the recommendations of the competition jury, work began in 1917 on land that had been old gravel quarries that were overgrown with pine trees, and the first phase was completed three years later. The architects' use of the natural landscape created an extraordinary environment of tranquil beauty that had a profound influence on cemetery design throughout the world. Essential models for the design of the cemetery were the German forest cemeteries of Friedhof Ohlsdorf at Hamburg and Waldfriedhof in Munich but also the neoclassical paintings of Caspar David Friedrich.
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  • Skogskyrkogården, we visited on a Sunday evening, therefore we avoid tourists and only a few local hit. A pleasant walk, we have passed the greater part of the cemetery and the end of our visit we ended at sunset on the Hill in front of the cemetery. The whole place has a very strong atmosphere, has paradoxically cemetery very peacefully. Definitely recommend it to everyone, it is an unforgettable experience as a Visual so emotional.
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  • you just want to see a mighty beautiful cemetery with beautiful chapel, make the woodland cemetery which is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Open 24 hours a day. Tour with a guide can be booked through the Visitors center. Beautiful is such as Forest chapel with shingled roofs, the apparition chapel with ancient domes, Alm height and Cross the road.
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  • An unknown gem for tourists. On a drizzly november 1 there was no cat seen in this immense cemetery. Not to understand. Too bad all chapels were closed.
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  • Beautiful place! UNESCO World Heritage. It as breathtaking any time of the year. On weekends there's a bus that takes you around the whole graveyard.
  • Even if it's called a cemetery, it's more like a park. Come here and have a walk through small woods and fields and enjoy the architecture of Swedish architects Asplund and Lewerentz as well as a new addition by Celsing.
  • It might feel strange to think that a cemetery could be beautiful. But this one truly is a an amazing example of extraordinary architecture and landscape shaping. Best time to visit: beginning of November when there are lights on the graves. Peaceful, quiet and oddly calming place.
  • This is what happens when you have excellent landscape architecture, mixed with care for humanity and purist building design. This is one of my favorite places I've ever been to while traveling. You really feel an extraterrestrial peace walking amongst the dark trees and tiny perfectly geometrically organized tombstones. Though I did not come to a cemetery for its cafe... it was very good too.
  • Incredibly serene and relaxing spot on the outskirts of Stockholm. Make sure to have comfortable shoes and plenty of time to visit this place. A minus for the poor opening hours of the visiting centre, which is only open during the summer time. We happened to be there on a sunny spring afternoon, which was ideal. Next to the subway station, and worth the ride.