Garnisons Kirkegård – Garrison’s Cemetery

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Garnisons Kirkegård (English: Garrison’s Cemetery) and Soldiers’ Cemetery is located on Dag Hammerskjölds Allé close to the center of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Garrison’s Cemetery was designated by decree of King Frederik III as a cemetery in 1664.

In 1706 the Garrison Church was built at the current Sct. Annæ Place, and in 1723 the “Soldiers cemetery” changed its name to the current name, Garrison’s Cemetery.

In 1711 – during the great plague epidemic – it was determined that civilians could also be buried in the cemetery because it was difficult to find space around the churches in the city.

Many of the old graves are still family-owned. In addition there are warrior monuments to the fallen in the wars 1848 – 1850 and 1864.

Garrison’s Cemetery is “a beautiful garden.” Its walkways and paths – sometimes crooked – some bright and friendly, others dark and solemn, fill the visitor with beauty. The cemetery creates a sense of belonging to the country’s military history.

However, the history of the cemetery is not just military. Many well known cultural persons have found their final resting place at Garrison’s Cemetery.

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