Hallgrímskirkja

Hallgrimskirkja is one of Reykjavik’s most notable landmarks. The 74.5 metre tower offers one of the best views of Reykjavik area.

Hallgrimskirkja was designed by architect Gudjon Samuelsson in 1937 and construction began in 1945. Construction took about 40 years, not being completed until 1986, although the tower itself was completed much, much earlier. The church organ is a sight to behold, with 5.275 pipes and weighing ca. 25 tons. Its construction was completed in 1992 and has since been heard on various recordings.

In front of the church stands a statue of Leif Eiriksson (c. 970 – c. 1020), the first European to discover America. The statue was a gift from the US government on the occasion of the 1,000 year anniversary of the Althing parliament in 1930.

 

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