[ Assistens Churchyard]

Assistens Churchyard

Assistens Churchyard was built by royal decree in 1760 to ease overcrowding at churchyards inside the city walls. It shelters behind characteristic walls on three sides in the densely populated area of Copenhagen called Nørrebro. The oldest part has large old trees, a small chapel, a special area for soldiers' graves and another for graves of world-famous celebrities such as philosopher Søren Kierkegaard and writer Hans Christian Andersen. More recently, personalities such as the poet Dan Turèll and musician Thomas Koppel have also been buried here.

Open-air picnics

  • Story written by: Malene Hauxner, RIP
  • Time / Periode 1760

In the 1700s, the social elite were buried inside the country's churches and the wealthy were buried lined up outside along the church or churchyard wall. Everyone else made do with an unmarked grassy resting place. Graves as we know them today did not became popular until the practice of burying people in church stopped in the 1700s. The grave design with ivy and box trees followed gardening fashion in the 1800s. Today, there is still plenty of space at Assistens Churchyard, and a quarter of the churchyard will be converted into a park before 2020. In the new part, Stig L. Andersson and Morten Stræde have therefore added a sculptural area, and in the old part behind Philip de Lange's wall, graves are now being removed to attract sunbathers and picnickers.

Read more about Assistens Churchyard at 1001fortællinger.dk