Reykjavik History 1801 – Culture Night

A drawing of Reykjavik from 1801

This is a drawing of Reykjavik dating back to the year 1801

This picture is a drawing of Reykjavik, Iceland, dating back to 1801 

Marked on the image are some buildings that are still standing today.

The Dómkirkja Cathedral Church was built in 1770, as was the town’s prison. Today it appropriately houses the office of the Prime minister of Iceland. The oldest building in the city centre, dating back from 1762, still stands at Aðalstræti 10. It now houses an exhibition on the history of downtown Reykjavík and is worth a visit!

Lækjargata or Creek street

Tjörnin in Reykjavik, looking of Reykjavik Pond

The Creek marked on the picture was finally put in a tunnel, and they built a road on top of it called, Lækjargata or Creek Street.

There is still water flowing through the tunnel from the sea and to the Reykjavik Pond Tjörnin. 

The Anniversary of Reykjavik

We have celebrated Reykjavik’s anniversary since 1786 when the Danish King gave it Merchant town rights (Iceland was a Danish colony at the time). 

Reykjavik celebrated its 236th Anniversary on the 18th of August. 

Your Friend In Reykjavik recommends a visit to Reykjavik the first weekend after the 18th of August (or on the 18th if it’s a Saturday) as there are festivities all over Reykjavik. This event is called Reykjavik Culture Night.