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Hellnakirkja - Gate to the Afterlife

Sitting on the Atlantic Ocean coastline of the 16th century fishing village of Hellnar (Iceland), is a beautiful red-roofed church called Hellnakirkja. A rather unique feature of Icelandic spirituality is the "Gate to the Afterlife". You will find at most locations where people have been buried some type of "Gate". In several places the gate consist of just a single standing door with no attached fence.

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