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Hallgrímskirkja

600_8810-e_wThere’s a big church in Reykjavik: Hallgrímskirkja

It’s the second highest building and the sixth in size of Iceland.

The design of the church is inspired by the Icelandic landscape. The walls are formed by pentagonal pillars. You can find this kind of pillars on many places on Iceland: it’s the shape of slowly cooled down lava. Basalt pillars. The bright color reminds on glaciers and the wall shape of all the columns

In front of the church you can find the statue of Leif Erikkson (Leifur Eiríksson), an Icelandic discoverer (970 – 1020). He is supposed to be the first European, who discovered the east coast of North America and founded a few small colonies there. His trips to Helluland, Markland and finally Vinland.are documented in Icelandic sagas. Scientists are quite sure about the location of Vinland: Newfoundland at the Canadian coast.

In my next post, I’ll show you another iconic monument, reminding to his trips to North America. Stay tuned!

Take care!

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