Landet church

A Special Cemetery

Head over to the beautiful church of a small place, called Landet.

At the end of the 19th century, a young circus artist, Elvira Madigan, and a Swedish army officer, Sixten Sparre fell in love and eloped. The affair caused a huge scandal, not only because he was a lot older than her, but because he was married with children as well. The doomed lovers spent some months on the island of Tåsinge, but when their money ran out, they only saw one solution. Sixten killed Elvira and then committed suicide.

And now they are buried together in this small cemetery:

Some people are quite skeptical about these events, claiming that Elvira was not the sentimental type and saw her relationship with Sixten as a means to escape the circus life. Anyway, if you are as curious as we are, visit the church as well. It is quite pretty.


  • unclerave June 13, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    What about Hedvic Jensen? That can’t be the same as Elvira Madigan, can it? — YUR

    • Ingrid D. June 20, 2014 at 12:21 pm

      Hedvig Jensen was Elvira’s real name 🙂


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