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21 May 2012

Last day in Stockholm

Today was our last day in Stockholm and we only had two things planned : a visit to the UNESCO world heritage site  Skogskyrkogården, aka the Woodland Cemetery, and a trip up the Skyview for a fabulous view of Stockholm.

Upon arrival at the Cemetery, I wanted to take a picture and ... shock and horror ... I forgot to put the memory card back in the camera :o(  A special site and no camera to record any of it.  I was so angry with myself.  Luckily I still had my phone on me but taking pictures with your iphone just isn't the same thing.

Some background info from the official website :

When Skogskyrkogården was founded at the beginning of the 1900s, the aim was to create something special, something original - a cemetery blending nature and architecture into a seamless whole.
Today, Skogskyrkogården is considered one of the most important creations of modern architecture, and is even inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List.

Skogskyrkogården's history begins at the beginning of the 1900s, when it became apparent that Stockholm's cemeteries were insufficient and needed complementing. Stockholm City Council decided to build a new cemetery south of the existing Southern Cemetery, in modern-day Enskede.
At the time, cemeteries were generally considered "Gardens of the Dead", with grandiose parks, tree-lined avenues and impressive headstones raising a kind of memento to the dead. The city's cemetery committee had a desire to move away from this ideal and to instead create a cemetery centred on the underlying landscape.

This cemetery is really unlike any other place I ever visited. The tombs are all among the trees and because none of the headstones are high or imposing, they really blend in with nature.  You just hear the birds and occasionally a passing car or a grassmower of the maintenance crew, but it is incredibly peaceful.  I made a little 360° recording to share the experience.

And here ends our little citytrip in Stockholm and my first attempt at keeping a travel blog.  Hopefully you had as much fun reading it as I had visiting and writing about it.

Until next time ...


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