This cemetery, located in the Nørrebro section of København, is the final resting place of several of Denmark’s famous people. For a field trip for Danish Language and Culture, the professor assigned a person to groups of students who were to present the information at the respective grave site. She told us in class two days before that it may rain and to come prepared. She said, “there’s no such thing as bad weather only bad clothing.” That being said, several of the students did not bring umbrellas even though rain was predicted for the entire day. After only one presentation, it started pouring. The majority of the students elected for going to a cafe and then presenting the famous people in class the next day. Myself and 3 other students were disappointed because we came prepared for the weather and were willing to make the best of it. It would have been so much effective to stand by the graveside of H.C. Andersen to hear his history than to sit a a classroom to hear it.
The first grave pictured is of Benjamin Webster, an American jazz tenor saxophonist who lived for many years in Copenhagen. The second is of the philosopher Søren Kierkegaard and his family. The third is of Hans Christian Andersen, the writer of stories such as the Little Mermaid and the Ugly Duckling. The fourth is of Natasja Saad, a Danish rapper and reggae singer.
The Assistens Cemetery is a peaceful, beautifully landscaped space where people can been seen picnicking, running, visiting with friends, and biking. Because of its location near the center of the city, it has accessibility to many people living in the area.