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 Botn - tysk krigskirkegård

Botn - tysk krigskirkegård ( Botn – German war cemetery)
Address: Botn, 8250 Rognan
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Architect: Landscape architects Vogler, Munich
Client: The Norwegian State
Construction System /
Stone, grass, tree plantation
Building Type: War cemetery, burial site
Keywords: graveyard, burial site
Year of Construction: 1960
The German war cemetery is situated in a beautiful mature woodland area, one kilometre from the main road (E6) in Botn at Saltdalsfjorden, a little way north-east of Rognan. Here lie buried the German soldiers who lost their lives in North Norway during the period 1940-1945.

The burial site lies in a clearing in a slight hollow in the woods. Access is via a large, symmetrically positioned entrance house, carved from finely-hewn granite. This leads into a large rectangular grassy plain, surrounded by a solid wall made out of broken stone blocks, with grass on the top. On a small raised area along the back edge of the grassy plain, in the middle and facing the entrance, stands a large and dominant cross on a low plinth, both carved from granite and in a rounded-off form. Smaller stone crosses, the same shape as the large one, are placed in pairs all over the burial site. The graves themselves are arranged in rows and are marked by named stone slabs in rows along the slope. The burial site is distinguished by stonework on a large and finely crafted scale.

A Yugoslav war cemetery is situated nearby. The German cemetery was positioned in the same area as the site of a Yugoslav prisoners of war camp during the Second World War.
Publisher: The University of Tromsø, 21.10.2008
Author: I.H
Photographer: I.H 2006

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