Hallgrímskirkja church in Reykjavík, Iceland


Hallgrímskirkja church is a Lutheran parish church in Reykjavík, Iceland. At 74.5 metres (244 ft) high, it is the largest church in Iceland and among the tallest structures in Iceland. The church is named after the Icelandic poet and clergyman Hallgrímur Pétursson (1614–1674), author of the Passion Hymns. Situated in the centre of Reykjavík, it is one of the city's best-known landmarks and is visible throughout the city. State Architect Guðjón Samúelsson's design of the church was commissioned in 1937. He is said to have designed it to resemble the trap rocks, mountains and glaciers of Iceland's landscape. The design is similar in style to the expressionist architecture of Grundtvig's Church of Copenhagen, Denmark, completed in 1940. It took 41 years to build the church: construction started in 1945 and ended in 1986

Address: Hallgrímstorg 101, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
Height: 74 m
Founded: 1945
Architectural styles: Gothic Revival architecture, Expressionist architecture
Architect: Guðjón Samúelsson
Photo Arthur Partyka, OC

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