Hallgrímskirkja, the Church symbol of Reykjiavik

Posted on February 21, 2009 by

By the old town of Reykjiavik, stands the white church of Hallgrímskirkja, that was built using a huge basalt block, on the top of the hill. Its impressive and soaring shape attracts many tourists that may go up to the top of the 75m high tower, where they may enjoy the view of the city facing the bay. Inside the church there’s the Klais Organ, inaugurated on December 1992.

The instrument was commissioned to Johannes Klais from Bonn, Germany, and it’s the biggest organ of Iceland: it is 15 mt. tall, it weights 25 tons and it has 5275 pipes! It is famous thanks to the great variety of tones and for the way it harmonizes to the church. From the summer solstice to the end of August there are many concerts played by international organists.

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