|Kloostrimetsa tee 36|
Postal Code: 11913
|Cemetery notes and/or description:|
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 cemetery 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
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. Nowadays,
maximum 1,5 m is allowed for the height of the
stone while for the edges of the burial places,
natural lawn edges, covering with moss mat,
bordering with flowers etc., are still required.
The chapel was built of limestone between
1935-1936 by the architect H. Johanson. The
chapel was set on fire by the vandals and it was
restored by the the help of Tallinn City
Government in 1996. In Metsakalmistu Cemetery,
plots of land have been allotted for the Theatre,
Sports, Composers, Writers, Artists, Journalists,
Doctors and Architects Union, Memento,
Soomepoisid, veterans of the Estonian War of
Independence, scientists, etc.
The first to be buried in Metsakalmistu Cemetery
in 1933 was E.Vilde, the burial place of the family
of the first president of Estonia, Konstantin Päts, is
also located here. From well-known people, Lydia
Koidula, Anton-Hansen Tammsaare, Johannes
Kotkas, Paul Keres, Raimond Valgre, Georg Ots,
etc., have also been buried here.
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