Dalarnas län Sweden
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The Ludvika Chapel Parish in central Sweden, on the southern end of the Dales or Dalecarlia (Dalarna) province, acquired the right to bury in 1782, making it possible for the first graveyard here to be inaugurated two years later. It was arranged around the church on property that had been acquired from the local Crown Ironworks (kronobruket). Already in 1752, Baron Carl Gustaf Cedercreutz (1707-1775), who was in charge of the royal ironworks there, had donated a lot from his manor for the building of a church. It was named Ludvika Ulrika for his queen, Louise (Lovisa) Ulrica. The church and this graveyard thus have an exotic and scenic location, at a precise angle to the large manor house right across Ludvika Stream, a small river running through town (though almost dry today) which was the natural mainstay of the iron mill since the 16th century. The original cemetery, just south of the church, has been expanded several times, especially toward the west. The biggest expansion was in 1953 and the latest one in 1985, when a section for urn burials also was added. The main way in is through a gate from the cobblestone driveway up to the church along the stream. The entrance is marked with stone pillars on a low stone wall along the drive, topped with an iron fencing of later date resembling a previous enclosure. Trees align the churchyard area's walkways and outer borders. The gravel walks are at right angles to each other and surround grave blocks with lawns and low hedges. Southwest of the church there is a white, stuccoed grave chapel or mausoleum, with a tent roof of copper, built in 1788 for the House of Cedercreutz. Even with its subterranean crypts, its use was altered in 1800 to be a small mortuary available for general population funerals. East of the church there are also two tumuli of sorts over crypts for Cedercreutz's successors, the Boethius and Reuterskiöld families. Across the driveway in the same direction, there is a sizeable park (Kyrkparken) with a monument for the region's most famous poet, Dan Andersson, whose grave is in the newer Lyviken Cemetery across town. (J T Demitz)
J T Demitz
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