Hallgrímskirkja is a Reykjavík Eye-Pleaser

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One of the most iconic images of Reykjavík, Iceland is the sight of Hallgrímskirkj; a 244 foot high Lutheran parish church. Situated in the heart of Reykjavík, Hallgrímskirkj is one of the tallest structures in all of Iceland and is named after Icelandic poet and clergyman Hallgrímur Pétursson.

Here’s a fun fact: It took 41 years to build the church; with construction beginning in 1945 and ended in 1986. Hallgrímur was designed to resemble the trap rocks, mountains and glaciers of Iceland’s landscape. Inside, the church houses a large pipe organ by the German organ builder Johannes Klais of Bonn. (Yes, thee Johannes Klais of Bonn!) Hallgrímur can be seen throughout the city of Reykjavík. Here’s a little photo journey of this amazing structure.

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