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Selected images by Jamie Thingelstad

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Langholt Church

We ran across this church while we were driving through the southern part of Iceland. The church was surrounded by mounds of dirt, graves. And the entire church was ringed by a small earthen levee. Near the church was a plaque that read:

During the Skaftá volcanic eruption of 1783, the church at Hólmasel, Meðalland, burned down, and a decision was made to build a new church at Langholt. A church was built of turf, roofed in lyme-grass. The church was rebuilt in 1831, and the present church was constructed in 1862-63. The church was presented to the parish on 14 December 1863, when the parishioners numbered 401.