So the locals cry. And it's not. But the Hallgrímskirkja is Iceland's most iconic church. The architect's design of 1937 aimed to evoke the mountains, glaciers and (above all) hexagonal basalt columns of the Icelandic countryside. Construction was from 1945 to 1986 and the church was named after Hallgrímur Pétursson, Iceland's most famous sacred poet. You can ascend the bell tower in an elevator for an unrivalled view of the cityscape.

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