Akureyrarkirkja, Akureyri

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Akureyrarkirkja or The Church of Akureyri is a prominent Lutheran church in Akureyri, northern Iceland. Located in the centre of the city, and towering above the city on a hill, it was designed by Guðjón Samúelsson, and completed in 1940.Akureyrarkirkja contains a notably large 3200-pipe organ, a unique interpretation of the crucifixion and a suspended ship hanging from the ceiling which reflects an old Nordic tradition of giving offerings for the protection of loved ones at sea. The opaque central window in the chancel once belonged to Coventry Cathedral in England.
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  • Although not particularly beautiful, is unique and built in a raised position, lighted at night, so that makes absolutely recognizable Akureyri from any other towns in the vicinity. The hand of the same architect of the Church, to the Vatican's is obvious. I think it will inspire at volcanic basalt columns which Iceland is full. He drives hours of operation, at least in winter.
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  • This church is very impressive situated on an elevated position right next to Hotel Kea. Wonderful views of the town and scenery. I had the good fortune to visit whilst the organist was playing so it ...  more »
  • Set high above the town with great views of the fjord and mountains around. Interesting inside with a tale, now proven incorrect, of medieval windows retrieved from the original Coventry Cathedral.  more »
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  • A highlight of Akureyri :) The architecture of the church is quite unique, but unfortunately it was closed when I was there. I wish I could have gone inside it. But anyway, still got some decent photos, and the view from the top of the hill is also pretty nice.
  • Beautifully large church! We were able to go inside and see the lovely stained glass windows. The area around the church is nice as well.
  • Realy interesting church. It´s a nice view from the hill so make sure to go there. You can´t miss it.
  • You need to climb up some stairs to get to this church. Don't forget to look up at the bottom of the stairs and admire the church. And don't forget to look at the view on Akureyri and the fjord when you are at the top of the stairs, it is wonderful. It is a small church, but a really nice one with lovely windows and such.
  • You can drive up and park next to the church. We didn't know, parked at the bottom of the stairs and gotten the parking card from the Kea hotel next to the church. The church looks grand from the bottom of the staircase. Small church, interesting architecture. It was not open when we were there. Short climb up allow you to see the surrounding area of Akureyri.

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