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Skálholt


by big-ashb

"An Ancient Bishopric"

A 50 minute drive from Reykjavík will get you to Skálholt. The place is more closely tied to Christianity and its history in Iceland than most other places. The first Icelandic bishop (1056) lived there. A church was built and the place became a bishopric. After reformation, the first Lutheran bishop also lived there. All in all, 44 bishops have been situated in Skálholt, 31 Catholic and 13 Lutheran. The Bishopric was moved to Reykjavík in 1801, where it has been since. Many church buildings, different in size and shape have been built in Skálholt since 1056. Nine centuries after the first bishop settled there, the foundations for the present, concrete church were laid. The building is 30 meters long and the tower 24 meters high. This is a rural church, not being situated in a town. It is beautifully decorated with stone glass windows and things that have been preserved from earlier buildings, and is well worth visiting. Skálholt is part of the Lutheran state church.
Skálholtsstaður, Selfoss, Iceland, 801
"An Ancient Bishopric"
A 50 minute drive from Reykjavík will get you to Skálholt. The place is more closely tied to Christianity and its history in Iceland than most other places. The first Icelandic bishop (1056) lived there. A church was built and the place became a bishopric. After reformation, the first Lutheran bishop also lived there. All in all, 44 bishops have been situated in Skálholt, 31 Catholic and 13 Lutheran. The Bishopric was moved to Reykjavík in 1801, where it has been since. Many church buildings, different in size and shape have been built in Skálholt since 1056. Nine centuries after the first bishop settled there, the foundations for the present, concrete church were laid. The building is 30 meters long and the tower 24 meters high. This is a rural church, not being situated in a town. It is beautifully decorated with stone glass windows and things that have been preserved from earlier buildings, and is well worth visiting. Skálholt is part of the Lutheran state church.
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