Vestre gravlund

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Vestre gravlund
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The cemetery chapel, consecrated in 1902[1]
Details
Year established 1902
Location Frogner borough, Oslo
Country Norway
Size 243 acres (98 ha)
Vestre krematorium (western crematorium) in Vestre gravlund

Vestre gravlund ('Western Cemetery') is a cemetery in the Frogner borough of Oslo, Norway, located next to the Borgen metro station. At 243 acres (0.98 km2), it is the largest cemetery in Norway.[1] It was inaugurated in September 1902 and also contains a crematorium.

Notable interments[edit]

British War Graves[edit]

The cemetery is registered by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission as "Oslo Western Civil Cemetery". Plot 60 contains war graves of 101 British Commonwealth service personnel of World War II. Most were airmen shot down raiding the occupied Oslo Airport at Fornebu. Most of the others were killed in air crashes during Allied landings, 43 lives being lost on Liberation Day alone (10 May 1945). A Cross of Sacrifice was unveiled in 1949 and opposite was erected, by the citizens of Oslo, a memorial, in form of a kneeling figure of a mourning naked woman, unveiled in 1960, to Commonwealth servicemen who died on Norwegian soil during that war, when for most of the period the country was under Nazi German occupation.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Oslo kommune Gravferdsetaten (Norwegian)
  2. ^ [1] CWGC Cemetery Report.

Coordinates: 59°55′54″N 10°41′50″E / 59.93167°N 10.69722°E / 59.93167; 10.69722