Thingvellir Church Reviews
As small as they come Jan 09, 2011
No single place epitomizes the history of Iceland and the Icelandic nation better than Þingvellir by the river Öxará.
At Þingvellir – literally "Parliament Plains" – the Alþing general assembly was established around 930 and continued to convene there until 1798.
Major events in the history of Iceland have taken place at Þingvellir and therefore the place is held in high esteem by all Icelanders.
Today Þingvellir is a protected national shrine. According to the law, passed in 1928, the protected area shall always be the property of the Icelandic nation, under the preservation of the Alþing.
Standing on top of the Lögberg, the Law Rock, that was the hub of the Alþing meeting you have a view to a church situated on the other side of the small creek leading down to the lake; Thingvallavatn.
The church looks quite large from the cliff but when you visit it you will be amazed how small it actually is.
Þingvallakirkja, the church at Þingvellir, is open daily, 9 am - 7:30 pm, from the middle of May to the beginning of September.
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