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“The Final Hour” Arrives at Iceland’s National Museum

By Iceland Review

Judgment Day arrives at the National Museum of Iceland today at 3 pm when the exhibition “Á efsta degi” (“The Final Hour”) opens, displaying Byzantine-style wood carvings originally depicting Judgment Day at Hólar cathedral.

The picture was used to decorate the ancient cathedral at Hólar in Hjaltadalur valley, northwest Iceland, in the times of Bishop Jón “the holy” Ögmundarson (1106-1121), the first bishop serving at the cathedral.

The exhibition at the National Museum traces the history of the carved wooden boards and information on research and theories related to the artwork is introduced to visitors. The complete 12th century image is recreated with modern technology.

The wooden boards were discovered in the raft of an outhouse in the 19th century after having been used as building material for centuries, and have since then interested poets and scientists like Bólu-Hjálmar and Jónas Hallgrímsson.

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