3) Hallgrimur, Iceland
This remarkable church was designed to reflect the features of cascading lava flows that are so characteristic of the country of Iceland. Construction on Hallgrimur continued for decades, from 1845 – 1986, and the design of the building—best described as Expressionistic—remains strikingly new and fresh. The church is significant for many reasons, not the least of which is that it reaches 73m (about 244 ft) at its peak, surpassing all other churches in Iceland. The church also has an impressively large pipe organ, which has been featured on numerous CDs. Hallgrimur acts as a major landmark for the city of Reykjavik, and the church can be seen regardless of where you are in the city. Many visitors take advantage of the church’s observation tower, which offers spectacular views of the city and surrounding countryside.
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