In Reykjavik: Hallgrímskirkja

I am not a religious person and I am not that big on organised places of worship. I am not going to get into it on the internet because we all know that doesn’t end well but I recommend going to see this church. PhoebeGill150112017

It is a Lutheran church and is the 6th tallest building in Iceland. It is a focal point in the city, you can usually spot it so it’s a good building to use as a compass.

What struck me is that it is very plain, I actually liked that it was so bare, I have been in churches gilded and with stain glass, they scream of opulence and money and that doesn’t sit well with me so it was nice to go somewhere that was architecturally intricate and beautiful.

There was one stain glass window, simple, in the corner, unassuming and I really liked it.

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The thing that I was most awed by was the amazing organ as you turn to leave. Wow, this amazing piece of art is just beautiful! It is stunning, with 5275 pipes of all different sizes. It is 15 meters tall and 25 tons. It is amazing.

PhoebeGill150112268I really recommend you go in and see for yourself. It’s nice to go into a quiet place away from the bitter cold.

Happy Travels!


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