Skogskyrkogården - Cemetery, Stockholm, Sweden

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I recently visited Skogskyrkogården just outside of Stockholm, Sweden (15 minutes on the green line metro).

This cemetery was unlike many of the others I’ve visited. First, it’s on the UNESCO World Heritage List. This is huge. You can read more about their inclusion on the list here World Heritage. In a nutshell, UNESCO decided that this cemetery is of “great importance to humanity”. Let that sink in.

Why this cemetery and not Pere Lachaise or Highgate or so many others was chosen is debatable in certain circles, but we’ll not get into that here.

One of the other ways it’s varied from other cemeteries I’ve had the privilege to visit is that the graves were not the stars of this show. As you move through the cemetery, it is clear that the natural surroundings were the focus, this was not unintentional. More so than any other cemetery I’ve been to, this really did feel like a place of peace and rest.

Great care is given to the graves by the decedents families. Many of the graves are very well tended with small gardens surrounding many of the grave markers. These are not lonely graves, they are cared for and visited.

Absent from the graves here are a lot of the dramatic artwork found on graves in the UK and elsewhere in Europe (think weeping angels and skulls). The stones in Skogskyrkogården have warm carvings such as birds and sunbursts.

It’s a cemetery, so it’s always going to be a bit creepy, but If you’re just after massive sculptural stones and skulls you may want to miss it.

I loved visiting Skogskyrkogården (even if I still have no idea how to pronounce it) Skogskyrkogården has a quiet elegance about it, but it doesn’t have a clinical sort of feel like some cemeteries I’ve visited (I’m looking at you Glasnevin). It’s more of a sophisticated creep. If you’re a taphophile, I’d definitely recommend it.

This piece was submitted by CGT Society member Mindy - find her on Instagram @mindytakespictures