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A Living Tradition

Domkirkjan's church-site, in the main square of Reykjavik, has been occupied by a church since 1200 AD. The present structure was begun in 1788 and finished in 1796. Though subject to subsequent alterations, the present church reflects the original neoclassical design. Interior features include upper galleries, simple arches, side aisles, and light wood floors. Some of the decorative details include a carved baptismal font donated by nineteenth-century Icelandic artist Bertel Thorvaldsen and a processional cross designed by Liefur Breidfjord, the Icelandic glass artist.

The church has a long association with Icelandic politics. Since 1845, Domkirkjan has hosted the parliamentary opening mass after which the bishop leads representatives to the nearby legislature. Notable also, the Icelandic national anthem was first sung here in 1874.

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