Despite its modest size and austere architecture, Reykjavik Cathedral, or Dómkirkjan, is the most important Lutheran church in Iceland. Discover its history and learn when to visit.
History of Reykjavik Cathedral
Located in the heart of the city, a stone's throw from Lake Tjörnin and the Icelandic Parliament, Reykjavik Cathedral was built in the 18th century, making it one of the oldest buildings not just in Reykjavik but in the whole country. What's more, since the dissolution of the diocese of Hólar, in the north of the country, at the beginning of the 19th century, the church has been the only cathedral in Iceland.
The Lutheran Cathedral in Reykjavik has played an important role in Icelandic history. It was here that the Kingdom of Denmark granted Iceland a constitution and home rule in the mid 19th century, and the Icelandic national anthem was sung for the first time at this church.
Small but striking
Having undergone a number of renovations throughout the course of its history, the current appearance of Reykjavik Cathedral dates back to the 19th century. Despite its small size, the Lutheran Cathedral stands out in the city centre for the contrast between its white façade and its green-coloured roofs.
Its two-storey interior is simple yet interesting with its wooden balconies and pulpit modestly decorated with glints of gold. The main altar is adorned with ornaments characteristic of the Icelandic nation.
Monday to Friday 10 am to 3 pm.
Bus: lines 1, 3, 6, 11, 12, 13 and 14.