Hallgrímskirkja, Iceland

Hallgrímskirkja - church in Reykjavík (Iceland) with characteristic tower

Where is located Hallgrímskirkja?

Address of Hallgrímskirkji is Hallgrímstorg 1, Hallgrímskirkja, Island
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When was built Hallgrímskirkja?

Built date of Hallgrímskirkji is Years: 1945-1986
Consecrated 26 October 1986


Facts, informations and history of Hallgrímskirkji

Hallgrímskirkja is a remarkable temple located in Iceland's capital, Reykjavík, on Skólavörðuholt Hill. It is one of the largest and most important religious buildings in the country and is famous for its impressive architecture and views of the city.

The temple was designed by the Icelandic architect Guðjón Samúelsson and was built between 1945 and 1986, and is named after the Icelandic bishop Hallgrím Pétursson, who was an important figure in Icelandic history and is considered one of the country's most important national poets.

The construction of the temple was mainly financed by donations from the residents of Reykjavik and the surrounding area, as well as donations from local businesses. The architectural design of the building is very modern and unique, making it particularly distinctive from other buildings in the city.

The most important architectural feature of Hallgrímskirkja is its tall, narrow tower, which reaches as high as 74.5 metres. This tower can be seen from many places in the city and is its distinctive landmark. The tower has four bells weighing between 600 and 2,000 kilograms.

The length of the building is 25 metres and its width is 60 metres. The weight of the building is approximately 16,000 tonnes.

Concrete was mainly used in the construction of the church, which gives it an austere but elegant appearance, perfectly in keeping with the Icelandic landscapes. The amount of concrete used in the construction is 9,000 cubic metres, while the amount of steel used in the construction is 400 tonnes.

Hallgrímskirkja's architecture is inspired by Icelandic landscapes, especially the basalt formations that are characteristic of the island. Guðjón Samúelsson wanted the building to reflect the harshness and beauty of Icelandic nature. Hallgrímskirkja also houses a museum dedicated to Icelandic history and culture, where you can see many interesting exhibits and learn more about the country's history. There are also various exhibitions and presentations on different aspects of Iceland in this museum.

Inside the temple is a large, airy church with a beautiful organ and huge glass windows that offer views of the city.

The interior of the church is able to accommodate around 1,200 people. It is just as impressive as its exterior. The simple, minimalist lines create an atmosphere of calm and reflection.

The church houses one of the largest organs in Iceland, designed by German organ builder Jürgen Ahrend. The organ has 5275 pipes and is regularly used in concerts, this 32-voice organ was developed by Metzler Orgelbau and Rémy Amalric.

Hallgrímskirkja plays an important role in Reykjavik's religious and cultural life. It is the venue for many important ceremonies, both religious and secular. The church is also the venue for many concerts, especially at Christmas, when it hosts unique musical events accompanied by a powerful organ.

One of the main attractions is the observation deck, which offers panoramic views of Reykjavik and the surrounding mountains.

Hallgrímskirkja's tower was used as a landmark by pilots of planes landing at Reykjavik Airport.

One of the most distinctive features of Hallgrímskirkja are its 'basalt columns'. These reflect the natural basalt formations that can be seen in various parts of Iceland. These structures give the church a unique and recognisable appearance.

Architect of Hallgrímskirkji

Architect of Hallgrímskirkji is Guðjón Samúelsson

How many meters have Hallgrímskirkja?

Height of Hallgrímskirkji is 74,5 meters

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Construction/building type

Building Hallgrímskirkja is of type Church

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Architectural style

Architectural style of Hallgrímskirkji is Neogotyk, Expressionism, Modernism

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What material is the building made of?

Hallgrímskirkja is made of the following materials: Concrete, steel

Practical informations


What is the cost of entry for Hallgrímskirkja?

Tickets for Hallgrímskirkja are available at the following prices and variants:

  • The cost to enter the church is free.
  • Cost of entry to the tower: ISK 1000.
  • Cost of tower entry for children (7-16 years): ISK 100.

At what times is open Hallgrímskirkja?

Hallgrímskirkja is open or accessible to the public on the following dates and times:

  • Monday - Saturday: 12.00 - 3.00.
  • Sunday: 10.00 - 15.00.

Official website

The official website of the building, where up-to-date information can be found, is https://hallgrimskirkja.is/

Questions and answers

How to get to Hallgrímskirkja?

The easiest way to get to Hallgrímskirkja is on foot, especially if you are in central Reykjavik. You can also use public transport - bus lines 8, 11 and 12 stop nearby.

What are the opening hours and what is the cost of tickets to Hallgrímskirkji?

The church is open to the public all year round, although opening hours may vary depending on the season. Admission to the observation deck is charged, but the visit inside the church itself is free.

What is the best time to visit?

The best time to visit is early mornings or late afternoons, when the crowds are smaller and the light is best for taking photos.

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