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Tallinn Metsakalmistu Cemetery

Category Historical Attractions
Kloostrimetsa tee 33, Pirita, Tallinn, Harjumaa, 11913
Coordinates 59.467865, 24.844149
GPS: 59° 28' 4" N, 24° 50' 39" E

We can consider Metsakalmistu one of the richest cemeteries in Estonia for its cultural monuments.
Metsakalmistu was established as the public city cemetery in Kloostrimetsa in 1933, the area of which was first planned to be 24,2 ha and it has become 48,3 ha to the present day.
The official opening of the cementery was organised in 1939.
Metsakalmistu is the cemetery with a natural look, which design requirements caused major arguments and reproaches at that time. Namely, placing crosses, fences, edges was forbidden, maximum dimensions of the gravestone were 80x50 cm.
The cemetery was supposed to maintain the effect of natural forest, which is in force till the present day. In design, monumental gravestones have been avoided later on too. 

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