Iceland 2019 Part IV

The walk around the main streets of Reykjavik continues..

Te & Kaffi, Laugavegur 27, Reykjavik, Iceland

Bicycle Road Barrier, Laugavegur, Reykjavik, Iceland

Sakebarinn Sushi & Sticks, Laugavegur 2, Reykjavik, Iceland

Laneway, Skólavörðustígur, Reykjavik, Iceland

Red Door, Skólavörðustígur 3A, Reykjavik, Iceland

Door, Skólavörðustígur 5, Reykjavik, Iceland

Red Door, Hotel Óðinsvé, Skólavörðustígur 7, Reykjavik, Iceland

Door, Skólavörðustígur 9, Reykjavik, Iceland

Front Gate, Skólavörðustígur 25, Reykjavik, Iceland

Purple Door, Skólavörðustígur 29, Reykjavik, Iceland

Hallgrímskirkja, Hallgrímstorg, Reykjavik, Iceland

Hallgrímskirkja is a Lutheran (Church of Iceland) parish church in Reykjavík, Iceland. It is one of the city’s best-known landmarks and is visible throughout the city. At 74.5 metres (244 ft) high, it is the largest church in Iceland and among the tallest structures in the country. The church is named after the Icelandic poet and clergyman Hallgrímur Pétursson (1614–1674), author of the Passion Hymns.

Architect Guðjón Samúelsson’s design of the church was commissioned in 1937 and is said to have been designed to resemble the trap rocks, mountains and glaciers of Iceland’s landscape.

It took 41 years to build the church: construction started in 1945 and ended in 1986, but the landmark tower being completed long before the whole church was completed. The crypt beneath the choir was consecrated in 1948, the steeple and wings were completed in 1974, and the nave was consecrated in 1986. At the time of construction, the building was criticised as too old-fashioned and as a blend of different architectural styles. The church was originally intended to be less tall, but the leaders of the Church of Iceland wanted a large spire so as to outshine Landakotskirkja (Landakot’s Church), which was the cathedral of the Catholic Church in Iceland.

Leifur Eiríksson Monument, Hallgrímskirkja, Hallgrímstorg, Reykjavik, Iceland

The statue of Leifur Eiríksson (who is known in English as Leif Eriksson) was a gift from the United States to Iceland to commemorate the 1000 year anniversary of Alþingi, the parliament of Iceland first convened at Þingvellir in the year 930 AD.

Roof Balcony, Tækniskólinn – Skólavörðuholti (Technical School), Frakkastígur, Reykjavik, Iceland

Public Toilet, Frakkastígur, Reykjavik, Iceland

Steps to Door, Frakkastígur 26, Reykjavik, Iceland

Rear Door & Steps, Grettisgata 26, Reykjavik, Iceland

Doorway, Frakkastigur 11, Reykjavik, Iceland

Carving, Mónakó, Laugavegur 78, Reykjavík, Iceland

Reykjavik Cathedral, Pósthússtræti , Reykjavik, Iceland

Cathedral church in Reykjavík, dating back to 1796 is the seat of the Bishop of Iceland and mother church of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Iceland, as well as the parish church of the old city centre and environs.

Bust, Reverend Bjarni Jónsson, Kirkjutorg, Reykjavik, Iceland

Bjarni Jónsson, minister in the Reykjavík Cathedral, ran for election to the post of President of Iceland in 1952. He was narrowly defeated by only 2.6% of the vote.

Skólabrú Restaurant, Skólabrú, Reykjavik, Iceland

One of Reykjavik’s finer restaurants, we had dinner here one night – they had Puffin on the menu!

1912 Guest House, Skólabrú, Reykjavik, Iceland