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Hallgrímstorg 1, Reykjavik, Iceland

Hallgrimskirche Reykjavik Reviews

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Icelandic Icon Aug 23, 2014
One of Reykjavik’s most recognizable landmarks, Hallgrímskirkja is a Lutheran Church inspired by the multitude of basalt columns around Iceland which resulted from cooling lava. Construction began in 1945 and was not fully complete until 1986. The building is impressive from the outside and you are allowed to enter the church for no charge (they don’t even ask for donation!).

The interior is as impressive as what you see outside. The vaulted ceiling of the church is so high and narrow, a true visual delight. There is also a massive pipe organ– fifteen meters high and weighing twenty five tons! Some type of service was being conducted as we walked through the church, lending a solemn touch to our visit.

Returning to the front lobby, we asked about admission to the tower. Charge is 600 ISK (little over $5 US) so we bought tickets and headed for the elevator. Pleasant views from up top and interesting stained glass windows around the final stairway, but clouds were rolling in and it was a bit gray to truly capitalize on our lofty perch. They have several large openings for folks to peer outside, but today it was basically a conduit for blasts of cold air and kept our upstairs visit brief.
Hallgrímskirkja, an iconic church…
Icelandic above entrance into Hal…
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A service was being conducted duri…
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spocklogic says:
Impressive Indeed!
Posted on: Oct 02, 2014
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