bekristo on Tour
My visit at Iceland april 2015
A fine tour with the male choir
The blue lagoon
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
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
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.
The church is named after the Icelandic poet and clergyman HallgrÝmur
PÚtursson (1614 to 1674), author of the Passion Hymns.
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. 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, and the nave was
consecrated in 1986. 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. 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.