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Akureyrarkirkja, Akureyri

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Akureyrarkirkja (Icelandic pronunciation: ​[ˈaːkʏrˌeiːrarˌcʰɪr̥ca], regionally also [ˈaːkʰʏr-]) or The Church of Akureyri is a prominent Lutheran church at Akureyri in northern Iceland. Located in the centre of the city, it was designed by Guðjón Samúelsson (1887–1950) and completed in 1940.
Akureyrarkirkja contains a notably large 3200-pipe organ. The bas-reliefs on the nave balcony are by sculptor Ásmundur Sveinsson (1893–1982). The altarpiece dates to 1863 and was designed by Danish artist Edvard Lehmann (1815–1892). The windows were designed and made by J. Wippel & Co. of Exeter, Devon in Britain.

The Italian white marble baptismal font is made by Florentine sculptor Corrado Vigni (1888–1956). The angel baptismal font is a replica of a work by noted Danish sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen (1770–1844). The original work is situated at Copenhagen Cathedral (Vor Frue Kirke).
In 2017, the church was vandalized, and incurred 20 million ISK in damage.
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  • Lovely, but plain church in an elevated position. Took three attempts before we found it open, in the morning at about 09:15 Worth a look inside but won't take you long 
    Lovely, but plain church in an elevated position. Took three attempts before we found it open, in the morning at about 09:15 Worth a look inside but won't take you long  more »
  • Great architecture and design. Crushed volcanic rock is used for the facade on this Lutheran church. The art deco designs are hard to miss. The tower looms at the top of a hill over-looking all of... 
    Great architecture and design. Crushed volcanic rock is used for the facade on this Lutheran church. The art deco designs are hard to miss. The tower looms at the top of a hill over-looking all of...  more »
  • Good string concert with optional donation requested; watch for concert listings on board outside the church 
    Good string concert with optional donation requested; watch for concert listings on board outside the church  more »
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  • Beautiful church with a community feel. If you’re a churchgoer, don’t shy away from joining them in the (modern and scenic) crypt at the end for coffee and cake. Although the service is quite reserved in its style, everyone was very friendly after the service.
  • Church is a lovely viewpoint over the town, Church itself offers something different to the usual style seen across Iceland. Clear landmark that lets you know you are in Akureyri.
  • Great views! Interesting building regardless of your beliefs. Good parking right next to the church
  • I saw jesus he came to me and blessed me with his love
  • Looks stunning when floodlit. Disappointed it was not open the next morning when according to Google it should be! I managed to find a rear door open and found someone in the basement, not much of a welcome, was given a short 'no' when I asked about opening. So not a place for pilgrims.

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