The Woodland Cemetery (Skogskyrkogården)

The Woodland Cemetery

Today I went to the Woodland Cemetery to take some pictures for a virtual tour around the cemetery. The weather was beautiful and the sun was shining from a blue sky.

 

History

Welcome to the Unesco World Heritage Skogskyrkogården, The Woodland Cemetery, in Stockholm Sweden.

A world heritage can be a place, a location, an environment or an object that bears unique witness to the history of the world or humankind.

In 1989, the Stockholm cemetery committee received an inquiry as to whether they wanted to nominate the Skogskyrkogården to the UNESCO World Heritage List. The inquiry was unique, as a World Heritage Site comprises cultural or natural heritage that is considered to be of great importance to humanity.

No one had imagined that something from the twentieth century would be considered worthy of such an accolade. The additional fact that this something was a cemetery added to the remarkable nature of it all. And what would be the reaction if the Skogskyrkogården was declared a World Heritage rather than another prominent cemetery such as Arlington National Cemetery in Washington DC or Père Lachaise in Paris?

The sceptics were soon silenced. In 1994, the World Heritage Committee decided to make the Skogskyrkogården number 558 on the World Heritage List. This made it only the second cultural heritage site from the twentieth century. All other cultural heritage sites are considerably older. Any property with a prestigious inscription on the World Heritage List is guaranteed its protection and conservation for all time.
 

Equipment used

This photosphere was taken with my Canon EOS 550D and Canon 8-15mm f/4 L USM Fisheye Lens. I used a Gitzo GM2561T Carbon fibre monopod and the Nodal Ninja R1 head with the RD5 rotator.
 

Post-Processing

All images was shot in RAW and post-processed in Camera Raw, PhotoShop, PTGui Pro and krpano Tools.

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