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Landakotskirkja, Reykjavik

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Landakotskirkja, formally Basilika Krists konungs, is the cathedral of the Catholic Church in Iceland. Often referred to as Kristskirkja, Landakotskirkja is in the western part of Reykjavík.ArchitectureIt has a distinctively flat top, as opposed to the standard spire. Its architect is Guðjón Samúelsson, who also built the famous Hallgrímskirkja and the Akureyrarkirkja in Akureyri.HistoryThe first Catholic priests to arrive in Iceland after the Reformation were the Frenchmen Bernard Bernard and Jean-Baptiste Baudoin. They bought the Landakot farmstead in Reykjavík and settled there in the early 19th century. They built a small chapel in 1864. A few years later, a small wooden church was erected by Túngata, close to Landakot. After the First World War, Icelandic Catholics saw the need to build a bigger church for the growing number of Catholics. They decided to build a Neo-Gothic church and entrusted the task to the architect Guðjón Samúelsson. After years of construction, Landakotskirkja was finally sanctified on 23 July 1929. It was the largest church in Iceland at the time. Today, Landakotskirkja is a distinct landmark in western Reykjavík. The only Catholic school in Iceland was located nearby on the same land.
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  • Church not far from the port, indeed in excellent position to go then to the port, this neo-Gothic church is different from the other churches in the capital of Iceland. Apparently discharged if seen from a distance, has all the hallmarks of his style; the Interior is joyous, with the nave and the recent riaffresco. Place of Catholic worship, is also worth a visit.
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  • On the church grounds is an very interesting sculpture. You must get relatively close to get the full impact . Architecturally, the church itself is worth a quick stop.  more »
  • We went to mass, so we had time to look at it calmly. Nothing out of the ordinary, but it is pleasant in its Assembly and well light. The Park which is located on the left (from the entrance) could do with a bit of maintenance.
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