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Skogskyrkogarden, Stockholm

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Cemetery Historic Site
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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  • Maybee I sholdn´t write this because I live close by. I think graveyards are interesting to watch in other countries, and this one is special.It is huge, calm and very nice organized. There is no spec...  more »
  • Elegantly incorporated into the landscape, Skogskyrkogarden is a wonderful location worth the quick detour from the city-scape. Bring your walking shoes and pick a day with good weather; it's easy to ...  more »
  • At this UNESCO-designated cemetery, it's worth learning about the thoughtful design that went into it. As an example, the steps leading up a meditation hill get smaller as one progresses as an analogy...  more »

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