A sad day in the past

27 07 2013

On 16 August in 1863, the church in Ísafjörður was opened for the first Sunday mass. It was built by the then pastor, Rev. Hálfdán Einarsson and his son, Einar Hálfdánsson, a carpenter who had settled from Copenhagen. The church was the traditional 19 century style but was beautiful and large, based on the humble country churches of the time. The base of the church was 12.5 × 8 m and a height of 5 m below the eaves.

This was a tragic sight for residents of Ísafjörður.

This was a tragic sight for residents of Ísafjörður.

Although it was a calm morning, the old church could not be saved.

Although it was a calm morning, the old church could not be saved by the firemen.

On 27 July 1987, Ísafjarðarkirkju caught fire, which had originated in the electrical installations of the Church. There was a large amount of damage. The old church was very dear to all locals. Where people have had their moments of joy with baptisms, confirmations and weddings, and also said goodbye for the last time until their loved ones and neighbors. However, it was decided to build a new church, rather than attempt to restore the old one. The new church was ready in 1995.

The new church seats up to 500 and is the site of many town events. Its curved roofs mimic the waves of the ocean.

The new church seats up to 500 and is the site of many town events. Its curved roofs mimic the waves of the ocean.

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