Hallgrimskirkja, Reykjavik

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An unusual-looking church, the design of Hallgrimskirkja was inspired by the forms created when lava cools into basalt rock. The church was designed by Gudjon Samuel in 1937 and constructed between 1945 and 1986. The tower, at 73 m (239.5 ft) tall, dominates Reykjavik's skyline. The view from the top looks out over the entire city, plus the rocky, volcanic landscape and the sea beside the capital. Inside the church, listen to the melodies wafting from the enormous, 25-ton pipe organ. A statue of Leifur Ericsson, the first European to reach America, stands directly outside the strange edifice. A visit to Hallgrimskirkja represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Reykjavik online travel route planner to plot your vacation.
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  • A modern but atmospheric church that is well suited to the climate as a border place of Iceland. Nice also the interior, when I visited there was an organ concert. With a small ticket you can also use the elevator to climb the tower.
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  • In a city which has attractive residential buildings but few civic or historic buildings of any interest, this modern church is worth a visit. If you do go, make sure you go up to the clock tower for ...  more »
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  • The church looks amazing and is perfectly placed in Reykjavik. It creates splendid landscapes from many places in the city. It is not so common to see such beautiful modern church.
  • Concrete in the service of God. The facade and some of the exterior of the church is made of concrete columns which seem to allude to Iceland's magmatic geology. They evoke the column wear basalts found in many places in Iceland. The shape of the facade reminds one of the front of a Viking boat. The interior of the church is rather plain and austere. It has however a magnificent organ. The beautiful sound of organ is a good reason to visit this church.
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