I was driving about the country side with friends from Scotland last weekend as you might remember reading about. And they were amazed with the amount of churches we saw here in Iceland though we weren't driving for so long.
I found this very interesting since I had never thought about it that way before so I checked it out and got a figure of 361 churches in Iceland.
I think that is remarkable especially if you think about the amount of Icelanders, according to statistic council of Iceland, January 1st we were 329.100!
This means we have one church for every 912, and not all attend mass so the number is in fact even lower!
Well.. to make use of this very strong symbol, Krista designed beautiful candle holders to honour these beautiful buildings.. (not all 361 of them, but they have 4 so far!)
They are also available here on-line by simply clicking the images of each church.
The church ornaments are candle holders made of aluminium, cut in a water jet cutter and finally powder coated in the locally based workshop. They are available in several implementations that are all inspired by Icelandic churches.
The church candle holder is simple and beautiful and yet it holds a great significance. Many have as a memorabilia to “their” church or simply their belief. A glass candle holder for a tea light is included with the church.
Akureyrarkirkja was made due to our first store opening at the largest city in the north of Iceland, Akureyri.
Fríkirkjan in Hafnarfjörður is simply because the sisters of Systur & makar are born and raised in that town and were confirmed and baptised in that church.
Hallgrímskirkja is the newest addition to the “church family” and simply because it could not be left out once we opened our main store at Laugavegur, Reykjavík.
The old Icelandic church is a typical church we know from the country side and the simple shape is very common for those kind of churches in Iceland.
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