Visible from almost any point in the city, Hallgrimskirkja Church sits at the top of Skolavordustigur Street, the central art and design shopping street in the capital. The iconic building is 74,5 meters (240 ft) high, and a visit to the top will reward you with awe-inspiring views of Reykjavik and even Snaefellsjokull glacier on a clear day. The church features, most notably, a gargantuan pipe organ designed and constructed by the German organ builder Johannes Klais of Bonn. Standing tall at an impressive 15m and weighing a remarkable 25 tons, this mechanical action organ is driven by four manuals and a pedal, 102 ranks, 72 stops and 5275 pipes, all designed to reproduce powerful notes capable of filling the huge and holy space with a range of tones - from the dulcet to the dramatic. Its construction was completed in December 1992 and has since been utilised in a variety of recordings, including some by Christopher Herrick.
Hallgrimskirkja Church is open every day 9-21 from May to September, and 9-17 from October to April. The church tower, from which you get an excellent view over Reykjavik and surrounding areas, closes half an hour before the general closing time. The tower is also closed on Sundays during mass. Not to the church itself, but if you wish to enter the church tower you must pay a moderate fee. Adults pay an entrance fee of 900 ISK for access to the tower. Children aged 7-14 pay 100 ISK. It is over 74 meters (240 ft) high and offers a singular view of Reykjavik.
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