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I was looking forward to seeing Hallgrimskirkja in Reykjavik for a long time.

Hallgrímskirkja church is Reykjavík's main landmark and its tower can be seen from almost everywhere in the city.

It was designed by the late Guðjón Samúelsson in 1937, who was often inspired in his endeavours by the fascinating shapes and forms created when lava cools into basalt rock.

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.

Standing directly in front of the church, and predating it by 15 years, is a fine statue of Leifur Eiríksson (c. 970 – c. 1020) – the first European to discover America.

Unfortunately, No one was playing the organ when I was there. But I found Toccata and Fugue played there here. Usually, the organists sit somewhere high up, near the pipes. Here he sits just inside near the benches. How I would love to play like this!

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