8645. So many young British and German Marines perished on the 240 warships that took part in the fierce battle on 31 May and 1 June 1916.
The International Memorial Park will make you very moved. The horrors and sufferings of war dawn on you when you understand the vast extent of lost human lives in just one day. This gives cause for reflection.
Historic site - Memorial park for the largest naval battle in history
The foundation of the memorial park is the rugged but beautiful dune landscape at Thyborøn with a view of the North Sea, where the battle took place 100 kilometers straight to the west.
Many dead English and German sailors washed ashore on Jutland's west coast for days and weeks after the battle. Many of them are buried in Danish cemeteries side by side with Danes.
The memorial park is intended as a gesture for the victims of the war. The park is located on neutral ground - as Denmark was during the First World War. The memorial park expresses respect for lost human lives regardless of nationality.
The memorial park was inaugurated at a ceremony on 1 June 2016 with guests from home and abroad. The park does not distinguish between English and German soldiers. It shows the ferocity of war and the enormous human losses.
There are 25 large granite stones - one for each sunken warship - and a few hundred smaller sculptures in memory and honor of the fallen sailors. The granite stones symbolize the bow of the sunken ships just before they disappear into the depths.
The park is not finished yet. Over time, a figure will be erected around the individual granite bow for each person who perished in the sinking of the individual ship. When the park is finished, there will be 8645 figures intended as individual memorials.
You can experience the place on your own or get a guided tour.