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Arendal churchyard

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Arendal churchyard is beautiful, built in terraces with many granite walls and family mausoleums surrounded by intricate wrought iron fences.

Arendal churchyard is a beautiful and unique churchyard with ancient, majestic trees and venerable shrubs. It is regarded as one of the country’s most beautiful churchyards. It is built in terraces with many beautiful granite walls and family mausoleums surrounded by intricate wrought iron fences. Walking though the churchyard is almost like a trip through Arendal’s history, many of the town’s notable inhabitants are buried there.

Arendal’s churchyard is on the outskirts of Arendal, 2 km from the centre. It was consecrated in 1814, having been established as a graveyard in 1809 as part of Torbjørnsbu Farm. The churchyard is built on uneven ground, hence the use of terracing and groups of trees among the graves. Gravestones of wealthy Arendal residents take up a large part of the churchyard, which has been growing in size for almost 200 years. The first church was built in wood in 1900 in a Swiss style. The current church was built of stone in 1975, designed by Hans P. Thorne.

The oldest part of the graveyard is called Tyholmen. Many of the grave stones were moved here from the Trefoldighetskirken churchyard, the church in the centre of Arendal in Tyholmen. Much of this area is laid out as a park, with old grave stones and a memorial to those killed during the World Wars.

In 1836 the size of the churchyard doubled and an area called Høgedalsterassene was added. Another part is called Spanskestykket – the Spanish quarter, after the Spanish influenza epidemic in Arendal in 1918.
Arendal churchyard is a beautiful and unique churchyard with ancient, majestic trees and venerable shrubs. It is regarded as one of the country’s most beautiful churchyards. It is built in terraces with many beautiful granite walls and family mausoleums surrounded by intricate wrought iron fences. Walking though the churchyard is almost like a trip through Arendal’s history, many of the town’s notable inhabitants are buried there.

Arendal’s churchyard is on the outskirts of Arendal, 2 km from the centre. It was consecrated in 1814, having been established as a graveyard in 1809 as part of Torbjørnsbu Farm. The churchyard is built on uneven ground, hence the use of terracing and groups of trees among the graves. Gravestones of wealthy Arendal residents take up a large part of the churchyard, which has been growing in size for almost 200 years. The first church was built in wood in 1900 in a Swiss style. The current church was built of stone in 1975, designed by Hans P. Thorne.

The oldest part of the graveyard is called Tyholmen. Many of the grave stones were moved here from the Trefoldighetskirken churchyard, the church in the centre of Arendal in Tyholmen. Much of this area is laid out as a park, with old grave stones and a memorial to those killed during the World Wars.

In 1836 the size of the churchyard doubled and an area called Høgedalsterassene was added. Another part is called Spanskestykket – the Spanish quarter, after the Spanish influenza epidemic in Arendal in 1918.

Source: Wikipedia and blomstrende-sorland.no


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