Preservation of Þingvellir Farm Underway

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Preservation of Þingvellir Farm Underway

By Eygló Svala Arnarsdóttir
Þingvellir

Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

The Cultural Heritage Agency of Iceland is working on the preservation of Þingvallabærinn (pictured), the distinctive farm at Þingvellir National Park. The houses were built on the occasion of the 1000th anniversary of Alþingi, the Icelandic parliament, in 1930.

“One cannot imagine Þingvellir without Þingvallabærinn,” architect Pétur Ármannsson, divisional manager at the Cultural Heritage Agency, commented to Morgunblaðið. “The building is an important part of the image that people have of Þingvellir.”

Þingvallabærinn was designed as a parsonage by State Architect of Iceland Guðjón Samúelsson, who also designed Hallgrímskirkja church, the main building of national hospital Landspítali, the University of Iceland and National Theater of Iceland, among other buildings.

“This is probably the most famous and noteworthy example of Guðjón Samúelsson’s experiments to recreate the spirit and beauty of the Icelandic turf farm,” Pétur added.

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