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Copenhagen's Assistens Cemetery, a Place of Rest—and Play

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WHY:
We chose Assistens as one of the locations for the Fall 2014 photo shoot, not only for its spectacular beauty, but because the location itself is a cultural gem that speaks to the very fabric of Copenhagen. The Danish Society for Conservation agrees: Starting in May 2014, it has designated Assistens Cemetery a heritage location that will be preserved and protected. And this, of course, is just as it should be.

BACKSTORY:
Paradoxically, Assistens Cemetery is one of the liveliest spots in all of Copenhagen. In warm weather the cemetery essentially serves as a park, with people sunbathing and reading on its rolling grounds. Originally meant as a cemetery for Copenhagen’s poor, Assistens gained cachet when a well-to-do secretary of state announced that he wanted to be buried there. That was 200-odd years ago. But what he started continues with the artists and thinkers who have chosen to make this lovely piece of land their lasting home.

THE DRAW: 
Buried here are Danish notables including Hans Christian Andersen (1805–1875), Søren Kierkegaard (1813–1855), Niels Bohr (1885–1962), and Finn Juhl (1912–1989), respectively the country’s most-renowned author, philosopher, physicist and architect/industrial designer.


ASSISTENS CEMETERY

assistens.dk  |  Email: center@assistens.dk

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Kapelvej 4, 2200 Copenhagen N   |   45-3537-1917

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