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Skogskyrkogarden Woodland Crematorium

Asplund's Woodland Crematorium is a modern parallel to the mortuary temples of Ancient Egypt, conveying the transient grandeur of life and the peaceful solemnity of death. Visitors ascend a walled ramp and pass through the gate to view a prospect of three ceremonial hills. A stone ramp, flanked by a giant black granite cross, ascends to the crematorium, within which John Lundqvist's sculpture of The Resurrection gestures through a pillard hall to an open sky. Another hill has a great flight of steps leading to a square of trees. Asplund and Lewerentz were inspired by the sacred ways of Greece and Rome. The woodland crematorium has been designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

Skogskyrkogarden Cemetery, Skogskyrkogarden, Sweden

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