Skogskyrkogården

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“Skogskyrkogården”

Skogskyrkogården is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, The Woodland Cemetery, in Stockholm Sweden.

This cemetery of Stockholm was established between 1917 and 1920 by the architects Asplund and Lewerentz, on the site where former gravel pits were overgrown with pine trees. In 1912, the two young architects won an international architectural competition for a new cemetery whose concept was clear, simple and efficient. The design of Asplund and Lewerentz combines vegetation and architectural elements, making use of the irregularities of the area. In this way, a landscape was created that was accurately adapted to its function. The cemetery is characterized as romantic naturalistic and partly because of this, it had a great influence on designs in other countries.

During my visit, I found it odd that there were souvenir shops and guided tours available at such an emotional place. Ironically, I was a tourist myself as well, but instead of participating a guided tour, I found more inner peace while roaming around the cemetery where questioning myself how life was back then. At the time, I was intrigued by the idea behind UNESCO and wanted to visit at least one site in my life. The Woodland cemetery was my first UNESCO site that I have visited.

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