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Reykjavik Sights

Dómkirkjan (Lutheran Cathedral)

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Updated 12/12/2012

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A place of worship has existed on this site since AD 1200. The small, charming church, built 1788–96, represents the state religion, Lutheranism. It was here that sovereignty and independence were first blessed and endorsed by the church. It's also where Iceland's national anthem, actually a hymn, was first sung in 1874. Since 1845, members and cabinet ministers of every Alþing parliament have gathered here for a service before the annual session. Among the treasured

items inside is a baptismal font carved and donated by the famous 19th-century master sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen, who was half Icelandic.

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Sight Information

Address:

Austurvöllur, Reykjavík, Iceland

Phone:

/520–9700

Sight Details:

  • Mon.–Fri. 10–4:30, unless in use for services

Updated 12/12/2012

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