Sunday, January 26, 2020

Hallgrimskirkja - Reykjavik, Iceland

Hallgrimskirkja (Icelandic), or church of Hallgrimur, which I have been incorrectly calling Reykjavik Cathedral, is named after an Icelandic poet and clergyman Hallgrimur Petursson, who lived from 1614 to 1674. Petursson wrote the Passion Hymns, a collection of 50 hymns, one to be sung each day during the seven weeks of Lent. Each hymn references some part of the Passion of Christ. 

Hallgrimskirkja is the most noticeable landmark in Reykjavik, sitting on the crown of a hill in the center of the city. 
It was built from 1945 to 1986 and designed by Guojon Samuelsson to resemble the rocks, mountains and glaciers of Iceland. At 244 feet tall, it is one of the tallest structures in Iceland. 

Rocks on a beach in southern Iceland, near Vik.

It is a parish church of the Church of Iceland, or more formally, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Iceland, which is Lutheran and a member of the Porvoo Communion. The Church of Iceland has one diocese headed by the Bishop of Iceland, as well as two suffragan dioceses, and is the official Christian church in Iceland. 

The statue of Leif Erikson, who lived from 970 to 1020, was a gift from the U.S. to Iceland in 1930 in commemoration of the 1,000th anniversary of Iceland's parliament at Thingvellir in 930. Erikson is believed to be native to Iceland and was the first known European to reach North America (Newfoundland) before Columbus. He also spent much of his life in Greenland, and died there. 

1 comment:

  1. I enjoyed the very Scandinavian look of this church--clean lines and simple colors. I don't remember that hand image in your third-to-last photo. Love it.