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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  • Unique and unrepeatable experience, because never again I will be back for the first time! :) Immense expanse of green if you like quiet this is the place for you I had even seen a deer wander about 10/15 meters from me
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  • Large white areas almost without relief or the eye struggling to stabilize to identify the ground or put his foot. Off the trees that arbitrate the graves asked here and there in a well-ordered chaos. Everything exudes tranquility, simplicity. Nothing is rowdy, not wacky tombs, not exuberance. Just the simplicity of rest in peace in this setting of humility. A few chapels here and there also to receive families and to say goodbye. A very nice discovery in this winter or the white purity of the snow-covered ground is a beautiful allegory to the souls that inhabit these places... Thank you for these moments of meditation and peace. The Unesco prize is not stolen and not come since Stockholm would be a mistake!
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  • The cemetery is open 24 hours on 24, while the information center has established timetables, despite being a huge cemetery and always open, it is surprising to note how neat and clean. Walk in the Woods among the graves is definitely a very special experience and given the calm of the place, it is not unpleasant it at night. It is not uncommon to also find some Swedish Sports in this wonderful park.
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  • We visited on a perfectly sunny day, very peaceful and beautiful walk. As far as graveyards go it is a more modern and active site, so it doesn't have the oldest and grandest selection of stones or mausoleums for goths to lurk around. Walking through all the trees however is something very special and you can see why someone would wish to be laid to rest here. We spent some time within the Jewish cemetery, and what was striking was the sense of community from the brief encounters we had.
  • I wouldn't say this was particularly special for me. If you are in Stockholm for many days, go on a day when you are tired of traveling around and just want a peaceful relaxing attraction. The mushrooms there however, were really attractive to me.
  • It's just a graveyard, really. A very big, calm, pretty graveyard, but just a graveyard. It's not medieval or anything super special, and it's not a place to go to to read a book or something, so the total appeal is lost on me, but it's great to take a walk through and enjoy nature and quite (when you move away from the heavy construction machinery). There's a cool grove at the top of a small hill which is great for meditation or reading, but other than that not worth more than a passing visit.
  • It's great and offers lots of nice views but all the heavy equipment like front loaders and tractors driving around spoils the experience. A world heritage site like this should get funding to empliy non disruptive manual maintenance. Not putting blame on the workers but rather the people responsible for its financing.
  • One of the most beautiful places on Earth. The grounds are absolutely sprawling, so come prepared. Don't miss the visitor's centre, also designed by Gunner Asplund. Easy to reach by Hotorget subway line.
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