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Akureyrarkirkja, of Akureyri Church, is a Lutheran church in the town Akureyri in North Iceland. It is one of the town’s most distinctive landmarks.
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The church towers over the town and was designed by the state architect Gudjon Samuelsson and consecrated in 1940. Its opaque central window stems from the Coventry Cathedral in England. The church has bas-reliefs by Asmundur Sveinsson (who‘s work can be further seen at the Asmundarsafn museum in Laugardalur, Reykjavik) and the font is a replica of one made by Bertel Thorvaldsen. The church also features a large pipe organ, 3200 pipes altogether, a unique interpretation of the crucifixion and a model ship suspended from the ceiling, reflecting an old pagan tradition of offerings for the welfare of loved ones at sea.