Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Hallgrímskirkja

Hallgrímskirkja3

Photos: August 3, 2014

I think people either love or hate this church. Outside (just shows how one brings oneself to interpreting things) reminds me of organs pipes. I read somewhere that it is supposed to represent basalt columns such as we saw near Vik. Leif Eriksson stands outside the church - that famous Icelander who first set foot on North American soil.
Lief Eriksson

We kept running into the Leif Eriksson story - first in Eyrarbakki Bjarni Herjólfsson was from. He sold his boat to Leif who then sailed to North America in it and briefly established a settlement there. Later in our trip we went to the farm of Erik the Red, the father of Leif and saw the area where he was born.

Inside Hallgrímskirkja

There is something very uplifting, being in a building with high ceilings and tall windows. The eyes are drawn upward.  And I like the simplicity of Lutheran churches. You can find out more about the church here.

No comments:

Post a Comment