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Akureyrarkirkja, Akureyri

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Akureyrarkirkja (Icelandic pronunciation: ​[ˈaːkʏrˌeiːrarˌcʰɪr̥ca], regionally also [ˈaːkʰʏr-]) or The Church of Akureyri is a prominent Lutheran church at Akureyri in northern Iceland. Located in the centre of the city, it was designed by Guðjón Samúelsson (1887–1950) and completed in 1940.
Akureyrarkirkja contains a notably large 3200-pipe organ. The bas-reliefs on the nave balcony are by sculptor Asmundur Sveinsson (1893–1982). The altarpiece dates to 1863 and was designed by Danish artist Edvard Lehmann (1815–1892). The windows were designed and made by J. Wippel & Co. of Enxeter, Devon in Britain.

The Italian white marble baptismal font is made by Florentine sculptor Corrado Vigni (1888–1956). The angel baptismal font is a replica of a work by noted Danish sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen (1770–1844). The original work is situated at Copenhagen Cathedral (Vor Frue Kirke) .
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  • Lovely, but plain church in an elevated position. Took three attempts before we found it open, in the morning at about 09:15 Worth a look inside but won't take you long  more »
  • Great architecture and design. Crushed volcanic rock is used for the facade on this Lutheran church. The art deco designs are hard to miss. The tower looms at the top of a hill over-looking all of...  more »
  • Quick a number of steps up to the church but you will get a good view of Akureyri from the top. Nothing really special about this church. glass windows and a proper church organ. Did not feel very welcome as the Uncle was more interested in putting out a "close the door" sign. Does not smile at greetings.
  • Nice walk up the steps and beutifull inside with the stained glass. Great view from the top and looking at the history. Clock was 5 minutes fast but can't really complain about that

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