Iceland – Hallgrimskirkja – Hallgrims Church – Iceland Tours
Iceland is better known for its natural beauty rather than for historical buildings. Nevertheless, I would like to point out in this article on a building that stands out due to its unique architecture.
Normally, the travelers begin their Iceland tours in Reykjavik and end it there too. This fact offers the possibility to visit the second tallest building in Iceland, the Hallgrimskirkja – Hallgrim’s church – in Reykjavik.
This church is a new design by historical standards. In 1937 the architect a Guðjón Samúelsson gave the plans for the construction of the building to the public. The construction of the Hallgrimskirkja then took place between 1945 and 1986.
The church was named after the Icelandic poet Hallgrímur Maataar (1614-1674).
Because of its height of 74.5 meters (244 ft) and the fact that it was built on a hill, the Hallgrimskirkja is an important landmark that is visible from everywhere in Reykjavik. Conversely, the church as a good vantage point, overlooks the Icelandic capital.
The architectural style can be described as expressionistic. the concrete pillars which adjoin the church tower, reminiscent of the volcanic basalt columns that are frequently encountered in Iceland.
The white color of the building, which reminiscent of the glaciers and the ice of Iceland, reflects sunlight and therefore offers a fantastic view especially at sunset, when the building changes its shades, depending on sun and clouds.
The interior of the church shows many Gothic style elements such as ribbed vaults or pointed arch windows.
The organ, which is located inside the Hallgrimskirkja was built by John Klais in Bonn/Germany and was inaugurated in 1992.
In front of the church, as an extension of the building, is a statue of Leif Ericson. Leif Ericson colonized Greenland and discovered the American continent long before Columbus.
So the Hallgrimskirkja forms, due to its architectural features, an interesting counterpoint to the numerous natural attractions, that can be visited on a Iceland tours.
The photos are from Kirsten and Timo Bohlig, Kiraura – which also owns the copyright. Thank you for the opportunity to use.
A precise description of the organ can be found in this article: Hallgrimskirkja