Architecture and nature unite in perfect harmony in Skogskyrkogarden, 'The Woodland Cemetery', in the south of Stockholm. Its unique design is based on a combination of fascinating elements. In 1993, this picturesque forest cemetery was designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
Wild animals, such as deer, can be seen close to the gravestones thus, highlighting the natural and idyllic atmosphere of this unique place. The tranquil forest, that now extends over an old quarry, remained mostly untouched during the construction of the cemetery in the first half of the 20th century.
The cemetery is also the final resting place of a number of famous people such as legendary Hollywood actress Greta Garbo, who was buried here in 1999. Arranged in sections, most of the graves are located in a tranquil pine forest. Thus, the gravestones are as one with nature, a concept substantially influenced by the architecture of Gunnar Asplund and Sigurd Lewerentz.
The modern, classical and natural elements of Skogskyrkogarden have created a truly impressive and glorious monument.
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