Skogskyrkogården
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A Forested Final Stop
Even though it is included on UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites (one of three such sites in or near Stockholm), Skogskyrkogården is not at the top of many visitors' lists. Perhaps that is because it sits outside of the center of the city, though visiting requires only a short train ride of about 15 minutes. Or it may be the fact that it is a cemetery that deters some sightseers. Those who make the trek, however, will find a bucolic, wooded cemetery with graves in the shadow of towering pines. The cemetery was designed by Sweden's leading modernist architect, Gunnar Asplund, and Sigurd Lewerentz from 1917 to 1920, when both men were starting their careers. The two also designed five chapels. You can find the grave of one of Sweden's most famous figures, Greta Garbo, near the Woodland Chapel, while the chapels of Faith, Hope, and the Holy Cross form one group that was constructed from 1937 to 1940 and represent a high point of Swedish modernism. While much of the charm of the cemetery is its feeling of being an untended woodland, the architects did opt for occasional moments of drama in the design of the landscape, like the Seven Springs Way, a long allée that leads to the hilltop meditation grove.
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