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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  • Seen in the photo above was very extensive. Followed by open land and enter from the main entrance, a cross in front of the cemetery behind Woods. Forward through the next to cross and left the Cafe and visitor's Center, its back, lockers and restrooms are available. Where to buy a cup of coffee with Apple Pie, was resting in the seat out of. Location very clean air and pleasant feel empty.
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  • Harmony. Exceptional mighty pine trees all over the place that provides peace of mind. Today has been on guided tour here that a few times before, which is very rewarding to get one to get an understanding of the place and the idea of its creation. A place for the living peace on. Very meditative place. It feels, even inside the chapels. The architects were really knowledgeable. Here you can also go for hours to yourself and check out the beautiful tombs and enjoying the trees, the perfect architecture that interacts with hills and trees. What I learned the news today was that pine trees served as a timber inventory before the cemetery. It's not a cemetery without a huge burial site (there is no church here) and with large lawns. 100 acres and 100 000 graves. Go here! It is a true gem and is also on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Nothing is changed on the site.
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  • Skogskyrkogården is a huge park / cemetery with wide green fields, trees, many burial sections (mostly family tombstones) a couple of capellas. We were not far away and had some free time so we made a...  more »
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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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