WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE: ‘FORWARD’
Today’s choice for The Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge is among my favorite travels to foreign shores. I had other options that fit this week’s theme (forward), but went with pictures I took of the tallest and most awe-evoking church in Iceland. Hallgrimskirkja, a Lutheran parish in Reykjavík, is named after the Icelandic poet and clergy Hallgrímur Pétursson. Former state architect Guðjón Samúelsson designed this forward-thinking Nordic concrete wonder, which took 38 years to complete and opened in 1986.
The landmark tower pulls you in immediately, and causes one to pause in thought. Once inside, a grand pipe organ by the German organ builder Johannes Klais greets visitors. Perhaps, it was the inscription on a statue of Leifr Eiricsson, a k a ‘Leif the Lucky,’ in front of the church that made me think of moving forward. The Norse explorer is widely regarded as the first European visitor to North America, 500 years before Christopher Columbus.