Although Icelanders are not particularly religious as a nation, the church as an institution has always played a large role for many centuries. That is one of the reasons you see so many churches all over the country. There is a church in every single small town and village. There are also many churches in rural districts and rural municipals. In recent years, Icelanders have not built many churches since so many were constructed in the 19th and 20th century. One of the more recent churches built in Iceland is the church in the small village Tálknafjörður in the West Fjords. The church is a beautiful building located on a hill in the village surrounded by a small river and wonderful plants and trees and birds. The church was built between 2000 and 2002 and blessed by the bishop of Iceland in May of 2002. The building material is wood, which is uncommon for modern buildings in Iceland. The architect is Elísabet Gunnarsdóttir, who works in Ísafjörður in the West Fjords. It was one of Iceland's most renowned international artists, Hreinn Friðfinnsson, who lives and works in Amsterdam that designed the altar and the altar-peace. The town of Tálknafjörður is a wonderful place to visit.