Hólar í Hjaltadal (AA99)

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Hólar

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Hólar is located in Iceland

Location of Hólar within Iceland

Church in Hólar

Hólar is a small community, with a population of around 100, located in the Skagafjörður district of northern Iceland, some 379 km from Reykjavík.

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Near the end of the 10th century, the Norwegian king Olaf I Tyrggvason forced all of the Norwegians to accept Christianity. He then missionaries to Iceland to convert them to Christianity, and they quickly accepted, so around 1000 Iceland made a peaceful desicion that all should convert. Despite this, the godar, the ruling class of Iceland, still maintained their power. Some built their own churches, and others were ordained. Hólar was founded as a diocese in 1106 by bishop Jón Ögmundsson and soon became one of Iceland’s two main centers of learning. Hólar played an important part in the medieval politics of Iceland, and was the seat of Guðmundur Arason in his struggle with Icelandic chieftains during the time of the commonwealth. Under Jón Arason Hólar was the last remaining stronghold of Catholicism in Iceland during the Reformation. The best known Lutheran bishop of Hólar was Guðbrandur Þorláksson.

The first printing press was introduced to Hólar in 1530. Hólar Agricultural College was founded 1882. The college was renamed Hólar University College in 2003.

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Near the end of the 10th century, the Norwegian king Olaf I Tyrggvason forced all of the Norwegians to accept Christianity. He then sent missionaries to Iceland to convert them to Christianity, and they quickly accepted, so around 1000 Iceland made a peaceful desicion that all should convert. Despite this, the godar, the ruling class of Iceland, still maintained their power. Some built their own churches, and others were ordained. Hólar was founded as a diocese in 1106 by bishop Jón Ögmundsson and soon became one of Iceland’s two main centers of learning. Hólar played an important part in the medieval politics of Iceland, and was the seat of Guðmundur Arason in his struggle with Icelandic chieftains during the time of the commonwealth. Under Jón Arason Hólar was the last remaining stronghold of Catholicism in Iceland during the Reformation. The best known Lutheran bishop of Hólar was Guðbrandur Þorláksson. The first printing press was introduced to Hólar in 1530. Hólar Agricultural College was founded 1882. The college was renamed Hólar University College in 2003.

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