Domkirkjan Cathedral Reykjavik Reviews
A charming Lutheran church of historical importance Oct 08, 2010
Domkirkjan Cathedral is one of Iceland's religious attractions. It does have the history of religion and politics combined. The construction of the church began in 1788 and was completed in 1796. Sarah, Mark and I, went by the church on our first night in Reykjavik. It was rather late and the lighting around the cathedral was less than sufficient to take a good shot, nonetheless I, snapped a few. The exterior is that of a normal church and the facade hardly qualifies it to be called a cathedral, it is the history of the church and the interior aisles that qualify it. It is also built with corrugated iron I believe, it is also perhaps the smallest cathedral I have ever seen.
The Domkirkjan is the location where Iceland's independence was first officially endorsed by the prevailing Lutheran church. Since 1845, members and cabinet ministers of every Alþing parliament have gathered here for a service before the annual session. It was also in this church that Iceland's national anthem (also a hymn) was first sung in 1874. I highly recommend it, do not judge it by it's simple exterior, the interior is quite intriguing.
Part of the Iceland 2010 travel blog
Part of the list Sacred & Religious Destinations
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