Since Christianization in the year 1000 AD, the church has been a center of community life in Iceland. The most photographed location in Iceland, arguably, is Hallgrímskirkja, a hallmark of the Reykjavik skyline and an architectural masterpiece which captures the natural beauty and splendor of the Icelandic landscape. However, in this post, I wish to focus on the small, community churches that have largely become relics from an earlier age: as Icelanders concentrate in the Capital Region, the pulpits of Iceland’s traditional rural settlements have fallen into disuse, although it is difficult to say that they are abandoned: while regular services may no longer be held at many of these churches, there is evidence that local residents continue to maintain and care for them, preserving their histories and treasures for future generations. It is in recognition and gratitude of these anonymous Icelanders’ dedication to conservation and preservation of heritage that I publish these photographs of Iceland’s rustic churches.
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