Pictures from my visits abroad

 

 

 

bekristo on Tour

My visit at Iceland april 2015

A fine tour with the male choir Gaasehud (Goosebumps)

The blue lagoon

Hallgrimskirka

Thingvellir

Gullfoss

Geysir

Hallgrimskyrkja l°rdag 25. april 2015,


HallgrÝmskyrkja er den st°rste kirken pň Island. Den er 74.5 meter h°y og ligger pň et h°ydedrag rett s°r°st for sentrum av Reykjavik. Kirken er oppkalt etter HallgrÝmur PÚtursson, en islandsk poet og salmedikter.

Arkitekten Gu­jˇn Sam˙elsson startet ň tegne kirken i 1937, men byggingen ble f°rst startet i 1945, og den ble ferdig i 1986, etter 38 ňrs byggetid.

Foran kirken stňr statuen av oppdageren Leiv Eiriksson. Statuen er en gave fra USA fra 1930 for ň feire Alltingets 1000-ňrsjubileum.

Inne i kirken stňr et spektakulŠrt orgel bygget av Klais Orgelbau, brukt bl.a. av konsertorganisten Christopher Herrick til ň spille inn źOrgan Fireworks VII╗, en innspilling som har gjort kirken kjent over hele verden

 

 

 

HallgrÝmskirkja is a Lutheran (Church of Iceland) parish church in ReykjavÝk, Iceland. At 73 metres (244 ft), it is the largest church in Iceland and the sixth tallest architectural structure in Iceland after Longwave radio mast Hellissandur, the radio masts of the US Navy at GrindavÝk, Ei­ar longwave transmitter and Smßratorg tower.[1] The church is named after the Icelandic poet and clergyman HallgrÝmur PÚtursson (1614 to 1674), author of the Passion Hymns.[2]

State Architect Gu­jˇn Sam˙elsson's design of the church was commissioned in 1937. He is said to have designed it to resemble the basalt lava flows of Iceland's landscape.[3] It took 38 years to build the church. Construction work began in 1945 and ended in 1986. The landmark tower being completed long before the church's actual completion. The crypt beneath the choir was consecrated in 1948, the steeple and wings were completed in 1974,[3] and the nave was consecrated in 1986.[1] Situated in the centre of ReykjavÝk, it is one of the city's best-known landmarks and is visible throughout the city. It is 1676 Sqm. It is similar in style to the expressionist architecture of Grundtvig's Church of Copenhagen, Denmark, completed in 1940.

HallgrÝmskirkja pipe organ
The church houses a large pipe organ by the German organ builder Johannes Klais of Bonn. It has electronic action, the Pipes being remote from the four manuals and pedal console. There are 102 ranks, 72 stops and 5275 pipes.[1] It is 15 metres tall and weighs 25 tons. Its construction was finished in December 1992. It has been recorded by Christopher Herrick in his Organ Fireworks VII CD and by Mattias Wager on his CD Live at Vatnaj÷kull.
(Wikipedia)