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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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  • Beautiful church, with informative displays. Worth visiting both during the day and night when it is even more spectacular. Loved hearing the cheery bells chime every 15 mins. Good little gift shop 
    Beautiful church, with informative displays. Worth visiting both during the day and night when it is even more spectacular. Loved hearing the cheery bells chime every 15 mins. Good little gift shop  more »
  • We walked here a couple of times during our stay in The Fosshotel Reykjavik & were amazed by the beauty of this church, we visited both during the day and when it was dark, both were great but would.....  more
    We walked here a couple of times during our stay in The Fosshotel Reykjavik & were amazed by the beauty of this church, we visited both during the day and when it was dark, both were great but would.....  more »
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  • Very cool architecture. We went during the day. It was Iceland’s Independence Day! So there were flags around and that made it cool. Inside the church is very plain. The seats can rotate to view either end of the church which was a cool feature! Guessing most of this plain decor and stuff inside is to help focus on the sermon.
  • What a massive beautiful church in the heart of Reykjavik, Iceland. Tallest building around. This also makes it easy to get you bearings in the city. Very picturesque. We enjoyed a walkthrough of the church, but did not take the tour to the top that they offer. I would be the views are stunning as it overlooks the entire city.

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