The Buðir black church is one of 3 black churches in Iceland. They are black because the exterior wood is painted with pitch, just like the hull of a boat. I read that, it is to protect it from the harsh Icelandic elements. The hamlet of Buðir sits within the Búðahraun lava field, an expansive environment of torn-up earth that has grown over with grassy flora. One could easily imagine creatures from fairy tales living amongst the jagged rock formations and in the deep holes that have formed here, and easily make up a scene for a Hollywood movie. I did walk around those fields and attempted to capture 360-degree view of the church, and a bit of bird’s eye view too
Wiki says, the first Búðakirkja was built on the spot in 1703, but was eventually deconstructed due to the lack of parishioners in the area. The current church was reconstructed in 1987 after a single member of the church lobbied to have the chapel brought back. It has a historic graveyard as well as relics such as a bell and chalice from the time the church was first erected.
The Black Church of Budir has in recent years become a very popular object for photographers and with good reason. The small distinct church is a beautiful and minimalistic object placed in the rough nature of Iceland, where the black color makes a beautiful contrast to the often-cloudy mountains in the background, hence it is considered as cool location for taking photographs
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