The Wonderful White Hallgrimskirkja Cathedral In Reykjavik, Iceland Captured On An Attractive Acrylic Fridge Magnet
The largest church in Iceland, Hallgrimskirkja Cathedral stands a total of 74.5 metres in height; it is the sixth largest structure in Iceland overall. The Lutheran place of worship was designed by architect Guðjón Samúelsson, apparently influenced by the basalt lava flows which have formed Iceland’s landscape. Construction of the church began in 1945 and it took 38 years to complete. The cathedral is not just a religious building but also a major point of reference and observation tower for people in Reykjavik. Inside is one of its most impressive features; a massive pipe organ. The organ stands at a height of 15 metres and weighs 25 tons. Its size and grandeur, as well as the magnificent music produced at various recitals, add to splendour of the building’s interior which complements the equally grand exterior as depicted on this acrylic fridge magnet from the catalogues of World Wide Gifts.
The History Of Reykjavik
Hallgrimskirkja Cathedral, and its story, is just part of the history of Reykjavik. It is thought that the first settlement in the area was started by Norwegian Ingólfur Arnarson around AD 870. The area remained mostly farmland until the 18th century when urban growth began. The official creation date of the City of Reykjavik is usually recognised as 1786 when it was granted an exclusive trading charter by the then Danish rulers. Icelandic independent feeling grew in force and in 1918 it finally became a sovereign country. Since independence, and following the World War years Reykjavik has continued to grow into what is now a modern city. As with any city it has its historical features. The Hallgrimskirkja Cathedral, which is featured on our acrylic fridge magnet, is part of that history and will continue to play a major role in Reykjavik life for years to come.