Travelogue: Stockholm (I)- Woodland Cemetery/Skogskyrkogården

From today I will be publishing detailed posts on my recent Stockholm trip. Writing a detailed post is both time and resource consuming work. I hope you will bear with me. The first post  ( which I actually visited on the last day of tour ) is “the woodland cemetery” or as called in swedish “Skogskyrkogården” is one of the three Unesco World Heritage sites in Stockholm.

Skogskyrkogården’s history begins at the beginning of the 1900s, when it became apparent that Stockholm’s cemeteries were insufficient and needed complementing. In1914, the cemetery committee announced an international architecture competition in which entrants were to take advantage of the local topography and woodlands. Nonetheless, this did not mean that entrants needed to restrict accessibility, architectural design or artistic flourish. All elements were to blend in harmoniously. It was also to be easy for visitors to find their way.


Erik Gunnar Asplund and Sigrud Lewerentz decided to produce their own entry together. Their entry “Tallum” won the competition and work started a year or so later. Together they created a unity of landscaping and buildings that has become one of the world’s leading architectural sites. Lewerentz was responsible for much of the landscaping. He also designed the classicist Chapel of Resurrectionin the southern part of Skogskyrkogården. Asplund designed the other main buildings: the Woodland Chapel, the Woodland Crematorium with its three different chapels, and the Tallum Pavilion.

Picutres are taken by me but the text is taken from the official pages of the site:

This is also my entry for Sunday Trees, which is inspired by Becca’s Sunday Trees theme.