Building a church like solving a jigsaw puzzle

The church stands out as it's unlike most churches in ...

The church stands out as it's unlike most churches in Iceland. Photo: Pétur Kovácik

A new church will be inaugurated in Reyðarfjörður tomorrow at 11 am. It belongs to Brothers of the Capuchin monk order.

The order has a monastery in Reyðarfjörður, with a chapel that seats 25 people. The congregation has been gaining in number of people from all over East Iceland, so the brothers decided they needed a church with more space.

The church is built in Slovakia only to be taken apart and moved to Iceland. It was sent to the country in three shipping containers and the monks have been working hard assembling it back together. “It’s like doing a jigsaw puzzle,” says Pétur Kovácik, one of the order‘s brothers.

The brothers assembled the church themselves.

The brothers assembled the church themselves. Photo: Pétur Kovácik

The church is unlike most buildings in Iceland. It’s made of great logs which are all 35 cm in diameter. According to Kovácik it’s similar to houses found in Canada and Slovakia. In Iceland there’s one church similar to this, located in Hólar, North Iceland.

The church has already caught the attention of many tourists, who take pictures of it where it sits in a beautiful landscape.

It's common for tourists to stop by and take pictures ...

It's common for tourists to stop by and take pictures of the church. Photo: Pétur Kovácik

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