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They built the cathedral with rotten wood Feb 03, 2017
The Domkirkjan, Reykjavik's Lutherian Cathedral is one of the smallest i have ever laid my eyes on but i guess at the end of the 18th century it was large enough for the town's worshipers. Stones were gathered during the winter months to make sure that there were enough building materials for the summer months and stored on the nearby field. In 1788 Craftsmen arrived from Denmark to construct the cathedral but work was slow due to their drunkenness, and in fact the roof was so badly built it had to be rebuilt in 1792. Despite this offset the church was completed in 1796 and was big enough for all the inhabitants of Reykjavik. The church was damp because it leaked and later it was discovered that most of the wood used in the construction was rotten from the beginning. In 1815 the church was eventually restored but even then some of the roof beams squeaked and the congregation ran for their lives. Sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen made the baptismal font in 1839 and the church acquired its organ the following year, but in 1847 the church was reconstructed and enlarged using sand from Denmark as there was no sand to be found in Iceland. By 1879 the church was a little rundown due to lack of maintenance so it was restored by an Icelandic carpenter and it remains the same condition today
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Great review about this church.
Posted on: Feb 04, 2017
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