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Hallgrimskirkja, Reykjavik

Categories: Churches, Tourist Spots
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4.4/5 based on 8,500+ reviews on the web
An unusual-looking church, the design of Hallgrimskirkja was inspired by the forms created when lava cools into basalt rock. The church was designed by Gudjon Samuel in 1937 and constructed between 1945 and 1986. The tower, at 73 m (239.5 ft) tall, dominates Reykjavik's skyline. The view from the top looks out over the entire city, plus the rocky, volcanic landscape and the sea beside the capital. Inside the church, listen to the melodies wafting from the enormous, 25-ton pipe organ. A statue of Leifur Ericsson, the first European to reach America, stands directly outside the strange edifice. Use our Reykjavik travel itinerary maker to add Hallgrimskirkja and other attractions to your Reykjavik vacation plans.
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  • Mandatory tourist spot. Church viewed by several points in the city, being the highest building. Has the format that is intended to resemble a volcano. The interior is simple. Has a very nice body. We climbed up to the roof, where you have a view of the whole Reykijavik (charge 7 Euro per person. But Lo and behold ... There's no one to collect the ticket and all people buy, anyway. How nice it would be if in Brazil people were honest so. ..).
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  • The Hallgrimskirkja is very impressive and dominates most of Reykjaviks skyline so it's a must see and great for a photo opportunity. You can go inside but it's pretty plain and not very exciting also...  read more »
  • Close to downtown with a cute little spot for drinks right near by (Rok). If you're in Reykjavik there's no excuse for not stopping by, admiring Hallgrimskirkja, and snapping a few photos. 
  • Jul 2004. Hallgrimskirkja is Icelands highest church. Impressive to find such a building on Iceland. Drawn by Gudjón Samuelsson, around 1937. Construction started 1945 and finished in 1986. The views around and from the tower are spectacular. Inside as well is very nice. One some days one can enjoy the impressive German organ built by Johannes Klais. The tower bell has been moulded by world famous Klokkengieterij Eijsbouts from Asten, The Netherlands. Hollands glorie...
  • The most unique church I saw during my trip to Europe! Check out the inside too, as it contains a huge organ pipe masterpiece and some really cool Scandinavian furniture design--the backrests of the seats can be flipped in an instant!
  • This church is a landmark of the city. You can see it fr almost anywhere and it was designed to resemble the basalt lava flows of Iceland's rocks. The view from the top is the best in the city although you'll have to pay 900kr to see that.
  • Very impressive from the outside, especially further down Skólavörðustígur. The inside is less breathtaking, but worth seeing - the organ is particularly interesting. There is an elevator ride to the top which costs money, but the line was very long so we did not try it.
  • This is such a must, not only because it is a church but to go to the top of the church tower and enjoy the views. Try to pick a sunny day as the city will look beautiful. You will probably have to pay to enter the tower, but it is worth it.
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