's General Assembly, was founded in 930
at Þingvellir, (literally Parliament Plains), situated 45 kilometers to the east of the capital, ReykjavÝk
. The Althing held its sessions at Ůingvellir until 1799
, when it was discontinued for a few decades, i.e. until it was restored in 1844
and moved to ReykjavÝk, where it has resided ever since. The present house of the parliament, the Alþingish˙s[?]
, was built in 1881
, of Icelandic hewn stone.
Unbeknownst to the ancient participants of Alþingi, Þingvellir is located between the rims of the American and the European continental plates[?] - a fine symbol of Iceland's position today having strong ties towards both the old and the new world.
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