The tower of the Church of Hallgrimur can be seen from any location in Reykjavik - its height is surpassed only by a single office and retail tower in the city. Built in 1945 through 1986, the architecture is much more modern in style than you'll see in cathedrals in mainland Europe, of course, but the strength of its lines are impressive. The church is dedicated to Hallgrimur Petursson (1614-1674), a famed Icelandic Lutheran minister and poet who wrote the Passion Hymns (Passiusálmar), a series of 50 Lenten devotions still used today. For a small fee, visitors can take an elevator to the top of the tower for an impressive view of the city. It is an active church, part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Iceland, and services are held Sunday and Wednesday mornings, with prayers on Thursdays.
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