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Celebration of Iceland’s Oldest Stone Church

A special celebration of the 250th anniversary of the Hólar cathedral, the country’s oldest stone church, will take place during the Hólar Festival at the ancient bishopric Hólar í Hjaltadal in North Iceland next weekend.

holar-church_goHólar. Photo: Geir Ólafsson/Iceland Review.

“It will be in the spotlight,” bishop of Hólar Sólveig Lára Guðmundsdóttir told Fréttablaðið. “On Friday evening an exhibition about the church curated by Þorsteinn Gunnarsson, architect and specialist in the architecture of churches, and professor Guðmundur Oddur Magnússon will open.”

“On Saturday a new play on master mason Sabinsky, who built the church, will premiere, a very dramatic piece,” Sólveig revealed. The play was written by local teacher Björg Baldursdóttir and staged by members of the Hofsós amateur theater group.

Among other events is a solo performance by opera singer Kristján Jóhannsson.

The festival will run from August 16 to 18.

Click here for further information about the program (in Icelandic).


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