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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12 thoughts on “Hallgrímskirkja

    • Thanks, Cybele!
      Try to find a book, telling the complete story. It begins with Leif’s father, Eric the Red an is really fantastic.

      • I know, I know – and in Ireland, too.
        Way more, than in Normandy, France or at the northern German coast

      • I always like to say that part of our clan on my mom’s side MacLeod were originally “sons of Liot” son of thortinn son of einar….hence Mac Leod. Perhaps even more so than the Irish the scots had that blood in them as so many were intrepid explorers too especially of the new world! lol ( did you see my post on St.Magnus?)

      • No, I missed it. Great story.
        But, especially the Irish men went to the new world in the mid 19th century, because they didn’t have had any other option during the Great Famine. And …. the source for this was the eruption of the volcano Hekla on Iceland in 1845. This eruption disturbed the weather in whole Europe. Starting from the late 18th century there was a series of heavy volcanic eruption around the globe. This came to its summit in 1816, the year without a summer. All these effects summed up to to destroy seeds in the fields. Tiny to none harvests resulted in huge waves of immigrants, especially from Ireland and Scotland. And (nearly) all of them went west ….

      • so true!! Thanks for that interesting information on the volcano! The Scots too had started leaving prior to that because of the harsh Highland Clearances that England imposed and that the Scots called “the expulsion of the Gael.” This led to the ill fated Jacobite Rebellion there! One day I hope to visit Iceland!

      • I know a bit about the struggles in Scotland. As a child I loved the TV series about David Balfour. The conflict between Queen Elizabeth I and Mary Stuart (and later Bonnie Prince Charlie) is part of the background story.
        I hope, to visit the Scottish highlands, too, one day – and the isle of Skye.

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