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Akureyri Priest: Coventry Window Can Be Returned

Rev. Svavar Alfred Jónsson at the Akureyri church, which celebrated its 70th anniversary on November 17, said the church’s window which comes from the cathedral in Coventry that was destroyed in a bombing in World War II will be returned if requested.


The church in Akureyri.

The minister told ruv.is it is no secret where the window originated; it is clearly stated in a book of the church’s history which was released in 1990.

In 1943, Jakob Frímannsson, who was the manager of the local cooperative society at the time, purchased the window at an antiquity store in Reykjavík and gave it to the church. Later four other windows were made and placed around the Coventry window.

In a documentary by Hjálmtýr Heiddal, Saga af strídi og stolnum gersemum (“The history of war and stolen gems”), which was shown on national broadcaster RÚV recently, it was claimed that an enquiry from the Coventry cathedral about the window in 1981 had never been replied to.

However, Rev. Jónsson said the relations between the Akureyri church and Coventry cathedral are good and last year representatives of the cathedral visited Akureyri and were interested in cooperating. However, they never asked that the window be returned.

To celebrate the Akureyri church’s anniversary on Wednesday, a ceremony was held below the Coventry window.

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