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Almhöjden, World heritage Skogskyrkogården, Stockholm
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Woodland Cemetary, Stockholm

A cemetery might not be on the top of the list when you travel, but Skogskyrkogården (the Woodland Cemetary) 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.