Vår Frelsers Gravlund

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Vår Frelsers Gravlund
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Vår Frelsers Gravlund

Near the st. hanshaughen neighbourhood in the middle of oslo, is a piece of Norwegian history: Vår Frelsers gravlund (our saviour’s Cemetery). Here lie henrik ibsen, Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson and edvard munch a few metres (yards) from each other, surrounded by politicians, poets, composers, and war heroes, all of whom contributed to norway’s nation-building in the 1800s and 1900s. According to student sofe Klingen, 21, a special mood can be felt between the graves and groves of trees, except on all saint’s day when the place fills up.

“I find peace here. There is almost no nicer place to be in oslo. Coming here with a coffee, sitting on a bench with a girlfriend, talking and watching people walk by is one of my favourite things to do. It gives positive vibrations” says Klingen.

The cemetery opened in 1808, and quickly took on an air of exclusivity, because only the wealthiest families could afford to bury their loved ones here. In 1911, just over 100 years later, it was full nonetheless, largely due to the honours section that opened in 1903. After 1981, no more new graves were allowed. “There is something about the way it is always clean and tidy here, and with such peace and quiet. Sometimes I almost don’t feel like making my bus,” says Klingen.

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