The Garrison Cemetery

If you think the army does everything in straight lines, tight forms and massed ranks, think again. Not in the Garrison Cemetery! The author Peter Olesen dubbed it “a charming and atmospheric shambles” and he couldn’t have been more right.

Unlike the naval cemetery, further down on the other side of Dags Hammerskjölds Allé, the army’s graveyard is a colourful hodgepodge of labyrinthine paths, dark corners, soaring thuja trees, box trees in attractive shapes, and little hidden squares where you will stumble upon trees and monuments.

It’s a great place for people of all ages to explore. Let the sun, the silence and history take hold of your imagination.

Sandwiched between the American, Russian and British embassies, the cemetery forms something of a buffer zone, and extends almost the entire length of Dag Hammerskjolds Allé.

Originally a damp meadow, it was classified as the ‘soldiers’ cemetery’ in 1664. In the early 1700s it was extended to accommodate plague victims, and in time it came to be used as an ordinary cemetery.

Visiting it is like walking through several chapters of the history of Denmark, during which you encounter the graves of unknown fallen soldiers, senior military commanders and well-known cultural figures from both the recent and distant past.

Photo: Kontraframe

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