And probably the most political. Like all churches, it is a face of the state. If you want to know what political power looks like, look here. That most Icelanders don’t actually go to church is not the point. It’s not about “going to church.” It’s about the survival of an ancient balance between outward and inward lives, i.e., in modern terms, Iceland. In other words, this, too, is church:
And ravens. Mountain of ravens, too.
It is about holding on. So, when you come to a church in Iceland, don’t drive by. Stop.
That’s the old church in the foreground, in memory at least. But, a thousand years, what’s that? Nothing at all.