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Hallgrimskirkja, Reykjavik

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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. A visit to Hallgrimskirkja represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Reykjavik online travel route planner to plot your vacation.
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  • Great 360 degree views of the city from the steeple and worth the 1000 ISK elevator fare. Nice walk with coffee shops in the area.  more »
  • Brief visit to the church as we were walking around town on our own. Beautiful building but do wish there was a little more information about the church available. The pipe organ was magnificent...  more »
  • This building is very unique. We took pictures in the morning when there was not too many people around.  more »
  • It is an impressive church situated atop a small hill in Reykjavik. The inside is relatively simple compared to European cathedrals. The views from the tower are unbelievable and worth the admission cost for the elevator (of course, the weather and visibility are important factors)
  • Great concrete architecture. Simple, clean, elegant design. There are no stain glass windows and nor religious artifacts. Fantastic organ. If you get a chance go to the top of the clock tower for great 360 deg views over the town.
  • Lacked character, was slightly more interesting inside with a minimalist appeal. . The church organ was something to see. . But not a trip you will be sorry to have missed.
  • Really inspiring cathedral with an amazing organ. We were lucky enough to hear the organ being played and it was really impressive. The best bit though is the view from the tower. buy your ticket and take the lift and you will not be disappointed.
  • Beautiful church. Well worth a visit. Take some time and go up to the viewing area for a small fee. Just remember that you're right beneath the bells and they ring every 15 minutes during the day!!

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