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 Krigsgravplassene på Tjøtta

Krigsgravplassene på Tjøtta ( War Gravesites at Tjøtta)
Address: Tjøtta
Architect: Landscape architect Karen Reistad
Client: Norwegian government
Construction System /
Stone; soil; vegetation
Building Type: Burial site
Keywords: burial site, stone, stone monument
Year of Construction: 1953-1970
Two war burial sites, a Russian and an international, are situated in a beautiful and quiet pastoral landscape near the sea - a lush landscape with grass, perennials, birch trees and tall junipers. When one travels along the main road, the gravesites appear like a park within the larger landscape, on a gentle slope at a low height between the road and the sea.

The gravesites form an area that is roughly 2.5 acres. Various materials were used here, such as trees that are native to this area, grass, sod and stone - all at different degrees of modification. The Russian gravesite is enclosed by a stone fence with sod on top. Inside the fence there is a gradual inclining grassy plain, with a tall stone monument at the top. The international gravesite is characterised by a gentle bowl-shaped form and appears to be a separate unit. At the same time, the positioning, landscape modifications and materials used were of a kind that unite the two gravesites to form one entity.

Literature: Byggekunst 2/1986 pp. 114-115.
Publisher: The University of Tromsø, 19.12.2005
Author: I.H
Photographer: I.H 2005

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