BASIC INFORMATION ON SKALHOLT
Skálholt is one of the most historic places in Iceland. It was an episcopal see, a school, a seat of learning and administration for more than 700 years and a place of pilgrimage in medieval times.
Skálholt of our time is more than history. It is a place of culture, spirituality and music run by the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Iceland, ELCI, – and open for all. It is the site of a deputy bishop and a local parish pastor . Besides services every Sunday, there are morning and evening prayers on weekdays. In Skálholt there are frequent cultural, educational and artistic events and retreats.
The present Cathedral was consecrated in 1963 and is the 10th church standing on exactly the same site. It is decorated with valuable art, both old and new. In the crypt there is a small exhibition from the National Museum with items excavated in Skálholt.
The Cathedral is also renowned for its Summer Music Festival starting in 1975 and attracting many skilled musicians and lots of music lovers. Besides, many choirs, Icelandic and foreign visit Skálholt to perform in the Cathedral because of its excellent acoustics and artistic surroundings.
The Skálholt Center (Skálholtsskóli) is a cultural and educational center and offers excellent facilities for seminars, and cultural tourism. It is also a place for retreats, sometimes silent, during the peaceful winter time. In the summer it is becoming again a place of pilgrimage with a center of pilgrimage all year round. It offers accommodation and food for visitors.
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