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Hallgrímstorg 101, Reykjavík, 101 | +354 510 1000, Iceland
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One of Reykjavik's most prominent features, Hallgsimskirkja sits atop the city's highest point and can be seen poking its pointed crown from all the way across the fjord. Although more impressive structures—like Harpa, the national concert hall—have been built in the last few years, Hallgsimskirkja represents Iceland’s first attempts at a unique, nationalist architecture. The church's ornamental details echo natural elements found in the Icelandic countryside (notice, for example, the columns that look like rows of basalt stone). Hallgrimskirkja is but the prelude to the constellation of quirky churches that can be found all throughout the country. Highlights include the odd, modernist places of worship in Stykkisholmur, Olafsvik, and Blonduos.

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