Saturday, April 03, 2010


This church is at Skalholt, which I believe was the site of the first bishopric in Iceland, and definitely the leading ecclesiastical center for the south beginning in the 11th century. According to tradition, Iceland's last Catholic bishop was executed here in 1550 along with two of his sons when local Protestants were trying to figure out how they could be prevented from escaping until they could be sent to Denmark, and someone suggested that, "The earth will keep them best."

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