Sunday, May 13, 2007

A beautiful picture

THIS is Hallgrimskirkja, a church in Reykjavik, Iceland. At 74.5 metres (244 ft), it is the tallest buildings in Iceland. It took 38 years to build the church; construction work began in 1945 and ended in 1986. The statue in front of the church represents Leif Eriksson, the first European to have landed in North America (Vinland).

Click on the picture for a larger, and rather impressive, image.

Lawrence Auster wrote to me "Very impressive. And so Nordic looking. "

Which made me put words to what it is I see: "I like the fact the it's a new church, so nicely built. That's far too rare. I think the picture is impressive both esthetically and in the narrative it conveys, e.g. with the statue of Leif Eriksson in front of church. This picture tells the story of substantive pride of European civilization (how many other such shots could be taken of things built after WWII?) And there was of course a very good photographer, finding the perfect photo opportunity."

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