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Atlas Obscura Gryteskogen Troll Trees

Leafless trees that cascade shadows in the dark are often synonymous with fear, derived from our world of horror movies and Halloween adventures. A normal tree does the job quite well, but these trees found in Sweden, with their twisted, irregular forms, create an element of creepiness even in light.

Dwarf beech trees are a cultivar of European beech trees. Also known as vresbok, a rare mutation disrupts this species growth cycle causing it to sprout in what appears to be completely random directions. They often grow more in width than height.  

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I’m Every Lesbian – Malmö
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12.54km
Meridianen för den Akademiska Kvarten (Meridian for the Academic Quarter)

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The Museum of Sketches

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Atlas Obscura 2017
12.61km
The Modern, Secular Virgin Mary Motif

The Mother Mary in Skyddsmantelmadonnan protects all people.

Atlas Obscura 2018
26.34km
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25.95km
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Atlas Obscura 2020
12.44km
The Lagom Standard Measure

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26.42km
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Slussen Project
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