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Hallgrímskirkja at Night - Reykjavík, Iceland - 11 October 2014

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There's nothing better than a cold and sniffly Travel Shop Girl at night or is there? Before heading out for my Northern Lights Super Jeep Tour, I stood outside of Hallgrímskirkja, the Lutheran church in Reykjavík at around 7:30 pm. From up high inside the steeple, you can take in all of the amazing views of Reykajvík. The tallest and largest church in Reykjavík, Hallgrímskirkja was designed by state architect Guðjón Samúelsson (1887-1950), who died before the church finished completion. Hallgrímskirkja was named for Icelandic hymn writer and poet, Reverend Hallgrímur Pétursson (1614-1674). His best-known work, Hymns of the Passion, is still sung and recited as verse in homes throughout Iceland today. Construction began on the church in 1945 and was completed in 1986 with the tower finished before the remainder of the church. The crypt beneath the choir was consecrated in 1948, while the steeple and wings were completed in 1974 followed by the consecration of the nave in 1986. In 2008, the church underwent a major restoration of the main tower, and was covered in scaffolding. In late 2009, restoration was completed and the scaffolding was removed. For a fee you can ascend the 75m (246-ft.) steeple by elevator for great views over the city. For more information about my visit to Hallgrímskirkja, click here: http://www.travelshopgirl.com/blog/a-visit-to-hallgrimskirkja-reykjavik-iceland http://www.travelshopgirl.com/blog/the-view-from-hallgrimskirkja-reykjavik-iceland Read more of my posts about Iceland here: http://www.travelshopgirl.com/blog/category/iceland New posts and videos are constantly added so check back often. More pictures on the Travel Shop Girl FaceBook page. Visit the blog at www.travelshopgirl.com for cruise tours, ship information, advice, and more as well as on Instagram, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest. Hallgrimskirkja at Night - Reykjavík, Iceland - 11 October 2014