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"Landakot Church (Icelandic: Landakotskirkja), formally called the Basilica of Christ the King (Basilika Krists Konungs), is the cathedral of the Catholic Church in Iceland. It is often referred to as Kristskirkja ("Church of Christ"). Landakotskirkja is located in the western part of Reykjavik, in Landakot. It has a distinctly flat top, as opposed to the spiral pattern. Its architect was Guðjón Samuelsson, who also built the famous Hallgrímskirkja and Akureyrarkirkja in Akureyri. The first Catholic priests to arrive in Iceland after the Reformation were the French Bernard Bernard and Jean-Baptiste Baudoin. They purchased the Landakot farm in Reykjavik and settled there in the early 19th century. They built a small chapel in 1864. A few years later, a small wooden church was erected by Túngata, near Landakot. After World War I, Icelandic Catholics saw the need to build a larger church for the growing number of believers. They decided to build a church in neo-Gothic style, entrusting this task to the architect Guðjón Samuelsson. After years of construction, the Landakotskirkja was finally consecrated on July 23, 1929. It was the largest church in Iceland at the time. Iceland's only Catholic school, Landakotsskóli, is located nearby on the same property."
"If you fall in love with Hallgrímskirkja, Reykjavík's landmark church, be sure to add to Landakotskirkja, only a few blocks from the harbor, to your walking tour of the city. The Catholic Church, built in 1929 by the same architect, has a flat top and a Neo-Gothic facade. Sunday Mass is held in Icelandic, English, and Polish."

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