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Hallgrimskirkja – The Church Overseeing Reykjavik

Jan, 07 | |

Hallgrimskirkja ReykjavikDesigned by Guðjón Samuel in 1937 who never lived to see its completion, Hallgrímskirkja church is the most popular landmark in Reykjavík. the first part of the building to be completed was the tower followed by others. Hallgrímskirkja Church features a massive pipe organ inspired by Johannes Klais of Bonn, a German organ builder. With a stunning height of 15m and weighing about 25 tons, the gargantuan organ is magnificently designed to reproduce impressive notes that can fill the massive church with an array of lovely tones. The construction of this mechanical action organ was completed in 1992, and ever since it’s completion, it has been used in a good number of recordings.

Standing in front of the Hallgrímskirkja Church is the statue of Leifur Eiriksson, famous for being the first European to discover America. Deisgned by Alexander Stirling Calder, the statue was presented as a gift to the country by the United States in honor of the 1,000th anniversary since the parliament at Þingvellir in 930 AD was founded.

Dominating the skyline of the city, the church is considered the tallest building in the whole of Iceland and can be seen from up to 20km away. By taking the elevator to the top of the 74.5m bell tower, you will be mesmerized on seeing beautiful, panoramic views of surrounding areas. The interior of this great place of worship is puritanically plain. The church got its name from Reverend Hallgrímur Pétursson (1614–1674), a popular poet and clergyman in Iceland who wrote Passíusálmar (Hyms of the Passion), the most popular hymn book in the country as well as other works. He is renowned for writing a lot of amazing Lutheran hymns and also considered one of the most powerful cleric to have ever lived during the Age of Orthodoxy.

Hear the organs!

The best time to visit the Hallgrímskirkja Church and hear the vast 5,275-pipe organ in action three times in a week is from mid- June to mid- August. The church is among the few expressionist architecture and one of the most spectacular structures in the city. Strategically located in the center of the city, this beautiful structure is known as Iceland’s most photographed building, so bring your camera when visiting.

The Lutheran church has fast become one of the best known symbols in Reykjavik with a stylized concrete exterior representing volcanic basalt found all over Iceland, including the waterfall Svartifoss. This makes the structure of the building to have a similar resemblance to a space ship than a church. Despite the fact that construction started in 1945, it took about 38 years before the entire building was completed, because there was consecration of several parts.
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