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Photo: View from Hallgrímskirkja in downtown Reykjavík.

Hallgrímskirkja Tower Closed for Five Weeks

Hallgrímskirkja tower will be closed to visitors for five weeks while its lift is replaced. According to Vísir, the new lift is both faster and safer than the current one, which has been taking visitors up and down the landmark for 50 years. The tower is a popular tourist site due to its panoramic view of Reykjavík.
Sigríður Hjálmarsdóttir, Hallgrímskirkja’s CEO, says the tower will close to visitors on April 23, and is expected to remain closed for five weeks. If the project remains on schedule, it should be completed around May 27.
The new lift, like the one it will replace, is manufactured by Schindler. It is however a special type of “safety” lift which can be used during a fire. Just like the old lift, it can accomodate 6-8 people at a time, though it travels significantly faster. While Hallgrímskirkja’s current lift travels at one metre (3.3 feet) per second, the new one will travel 1.6 metre per second (5.2 feet).
The renovation will cost the church around ISK 40 million ($330,000/€295,000). Considering that admission to the tower put ISK 238 million (USD 2.3 million/EUR 2 million) in Hallgrímskirkja’s coffers in 2016, it appears to be a good investment.

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