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Akureyrarkirkja or The Church of Akureyri is a prominent Lutheran church in Akureyri, northern Iceland. Located in the centre of the city, and towering above the city on a hill, it was designed by Guðjón Samúelsson, and completed in 1940.[1]

Akureyrarkirkja contains a notably large 3200-pipe organ, a unique interpretation of the crucifixion and a suspended ship hanging from the ceiling which reflects an old Nordic tradition of giving offerings for the protection of loved ones at sea.[1] It was believed many years until the year 2013,[2] that the opaque central window in the chancel once belonged to Coventry Cathedral in England.


  1. ^ a b "Akureyri: Sights". Lonely Planet. 2008. Retrieved September 14, 2008.
  2. ^ The mystery of Coventry Cathedral's Victorian stained glass windows revealed on BBC One West Midlands

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Coordinates: 65°40′48″N 18°05′27″W / 65.6799°N 18.0908°W / 65.6799; -18.0908