Hallgrímskirkja Church, is the most prominent structure located in the center of Reykjavik. It is the largest church in Reykjavik and one of the most visited places in Iceland. It is hard to remain indifferent to this special concrete structure that looks like an arrow directed at the sky. State Architect, Guðjón Samúelsso, designed the church in 1937, construction work began in 1945 and ended in 1986 and it took 38 years to complete the building.
The height of the tower is 73 meters. An elevator reaches the top of the tower allowing a spectacular panoramic view of the city with its colorful rooftops and surrounding mountains. Definitely a sight not to be missed!
Hallgrímskirkja Church was built in memorial and to honor one of Iceland's greatest poets, Pastor Hallgrímur Pétursson who lived from 1614 to 1674 and wrote hymns that have been translated into many languages.
Inside the church, you will see the largest organ in Iceland. The organ was built by Klaus Johannes Bonn in Germany and was officially displayed in 1992. The organ's height is 15 meters; it weighs 25 tons and has 5275 tubes. The height of the largest tube is over 10 meters. Musicians from around the world visit the church to play the organ for recording their compositions.
The church is also home to an art museum, which displays works and exhibitions of different artists. Opposite the church, in the plaza, there is a statue of explorer Leif Eriksson. The statue was a gift to Iceland by the United States in 1930 in honour of celebrating 1000 years of the establishment of the Icelandic Parliament.
The church is open daily from 9: 00-17: 00