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Almhöjden, World heritage Skogskyrkogården, Stockholm
Skogskyrkogården cemetary, south of central Stockholm, is designed by Gunnar Asplund and Sigurd Lewerentz. The architecture reflects the development from Nordic Classicism to mature functionalism. Almhöjden is a meditation grove, just to the right of the main entrance.
Photo credit: Susanne Hallmann

Woodland Cemetery, Stockholm

A cemetery might not be on the top of the list when you travel, but Skogskyrkogården (the Woodland Cemetery) in Stockholm offers a unique architecture experience and is a Unesco World Heritage site.

Besides being a large green oasis, buildings such as the Chapel and Crematorium are designed by renowned Swedish architects Gunnar Asplund (1885-1940) and Sigurd Lewerentz (1885-1975) after winning an architect competition in 1915. 

Details such as the pattern in the limestone floor inside the Holy Cross Chapel is for mourners to rest their eyes on during grief, and a glass wall can be lowered into the floor after the funeral so that the congregation can step right into the living landscape after the ceremony. Gunnar Asplund was famous for his typical Nordic Classicism and functionalist style – for other examples visit Stockholm Public Library, which is one of his most famous works.

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All Saints' Day

In Sweden All Saints' Day falls every year on a Saturday between October 31 and November 6. On this day candles are lit in cemeteries around the country in memory of loved ones and relatives who have passed away.

Photo: Cecilia Larsson Lantz/Imagebank.sweden.se

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All Saints' Day

Photo: Cecilia Larsson Lantz/Imagebank.sweden.se

The Woodland Cemetery

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The Woodland Cemetery

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All Saints' Day

Photo: Cecilia Larsson Lantz/Imagebank.sweden.se