Domkirkjan, Reykjavik

Domkirkjan is a small and charming Lutheran church of historical importance in Reykjavik.

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History of Domkirkjan

There has been a church on this site since around 1200 AD. The current church, begun in 1788 and completed in 1796, has played an important role in Icelandic history.

It was in the Domkirkjan that Icelandic independence was first officially endorsed by the Lutheran church of Iceland. 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.

What to See at Domkirkjan

The dignified interior of the Domkirkjan has side aisles with upper galleries and a notable baptismal font, donated by the famous 19th-century sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen.

Quick Facts on Domkirkjan

Site Information
Names:Domkirkjan
Country:Iceland
Categories:churches
Dates:1788-96
Status: active
Visitor and Contact Information
Coordinates:64.146657° N, 21.939257° W
Address:Reykjavik, Iceland
Phone:520-9700
Hours:Mon-Fri 10am-5pm
Lodging:View hotels near Domkirkjan
Note: This information was accurate when first published and we do our best to keep it updated, but details such as opening hours and prices can change without notice. To avoid disappointment, please check with the site directly before making a special trip.

References

  1. Fodor's Scandinavia, 11th ed.
  2. Domkirkjan - Nordic Adventure Travel

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