Vikur Church's Graveyard

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Vikur Church's Graveyard

Location
Fógetagarðurinn
Reykjavik, Höfuðborgarsvæði, 101 Iceland
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Address: Fógetagarðurinn, 101 Reykjavík

Vikur Church's Graveyard (Víkurgarður) is first mentioned in church books around the year 1200. The Church, devoted to the apostle, Johannes, was both small and poor. The last church to be built on this site was the year 1734. It was not considered grand enough to be the cathedral when the Archbishop moved to Reykjavik in 1801 so when the cathedral was ready the old church was torn down (1798). The statue of Skúli Magnússon, Iceland's most known Royal Treasurer and innovator was placed there in 1954. The graveyard having long since reached its maximum capacity was replaced by Hólavallagarður Cemetery in 1838. In 1883 the head of medicine, G. Schierbeck, was granted permission to make use of the area as a botanical garden in 1883. Today you can see in the square some of the oldest trees in Reykjavik as well as a few gravestones.

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GPS Coordinates: 64.14739, -21.94191

  • Added: 9 Sep 2017
  • Find A Grave Cemetery: #2650765