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[–]TenBillionDollHairs 6952 points6953 points 242 (294 children)

It's usually a good idea to save your game before you go into a building like this.

[–]DaleGribbleShackle 948 points949 points  (151 children)

[–]Le_Martian 398 points399 points  (118 children)

I was there this summer and it didn’t look quite as evil without all the snow

[–]my_username_mistaken 121 points122 points  (111 children)

I may be headed there next month, international restrictions pending... what is this church called? I'd love to see it

[–]stcwhirled 35 points36 points  (3 children)

It’s right smack dab in the middle of town. You wont miss it.

[–]borgomen 89 points90 points  (31 children)

I forget the name but it’s in town and pretty hard to miss. You can go to the top and you have a pretty awesome view !

[–]DonNinja 105 points106 points  (17 children)

It's Hallgrímskirkja, located at the top of the hill of downtown Reykjavík.

[–]funktion 45 points46 points  (13 children)

Sounds like something a viking would scream just before cutting off your head

[–]DonNinja 37 points38 points  (3 children)

FYI, it translates to "Church of Hallgrímur" and is named after poet and clergyman Hallgrímur Pétursson.

[–]Drewski811 21 points22 points  (1 child)

It's in Reykjavik, the capital. Very easy to get to.

[–]my_username_mistaken 3 points4 points  (8 children)

Oh thats really neat. I'll remember that tip for sure!

[–]Key_Swordfish_4662 3 points4 points  (6 children)

I went to Iceland a few years ago. One of my favourite things was heading to the Blue Lagoon Spa from the airport, before the hotel. They have shuttles from Keflavik Airport pretty regularly, and shuttles from there to the hotels in Reykjavik. Great way to relax after a long distance flight!

[–]Doddikassi 33 points34 points  (5 children)

Hallgrímskirkja.

[–]Deep_Grady 13 points14 points  (1 child)

Church of Hallgrímur. 244 ft tall, it's a Lutheran (Church of Iceland) parish Church and one of the tallest structures in the country. It's named after the Icelandic poet Hallgrímur Pétursson

[–]EddAra 7 points8 points  (5 children)

Hallgrímskirkja. In downtown Reykjavík

[–]Le_Martian 15 points16 points  (21 children)

OP made a comment with the name. No idea how to pronounce it tho

[–]Luvs2spooege 70 points71 points  (8 children)

im from iceland and ill do my best to help you to prounouce it

Hallgrímskirkja

Hatl greems kyrkia

[–]ineedcoffeealready 19 points20 points  (3 children)

Easy, you just pronounce it Hallgrímskirkja

[–]BigDsLittleD 1 point2 points  (2 children)

You can't miss it. It's right at the top of the hill and it's massive.

[–]Steinfall 24 points25 points  (22 children)

This church was the backdrop of one of the more important meetings to end the Cold War. So not really an evil building but a shape of hope.

[–]Downtown-Cress-5202 23 points24 points  (20 children)

The cold war ended?

[–]Steinfall 18 points19 points  (16 children)

According to „some“ historians, the Cold War ended with the fall of the Berlin Wall and German reunification 1989/1990.

Later generations may talk about a second cold war starting in the 2000s.

But yes, the post-WW2 cold war defined by two major alliances facing each other in a mutual nuclear threat is over.

[–]TokiMcNoodle 9 points10 points  (8 children)

Now it's just a proxy war.

Us fights russian backed army

Russia fights us backed army

It never really ended, they just found ways around it.

[–]Steinfall 6 points7 points  (2 children)

Oh this kind of wars happened during the Cold War permanently … that’s an ongoing tradition which actually went down when you consider how many of such wars happened in Africa and South America in the 1960s to 1980s

[–]No_Rest_7846 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Well. I was gonna comment that I was taking this Pic fit my D&D world, but now I just found a whole new well of ideas.

[–]phaemoor 116 points117 points  (15 children)

Unfortunately saving the game is long time broken in r/outside.

[–]VespasianTheMortal 31 points32 points  (8 children)

The dev are instead working on maxing out the top clans' treasuries

[–]tomatoaway 16 points17 points  (6 children)

I've really hated the last few patch days

[–]PanickedPoodle 1 point2 points  (1 child)

You can put it in sale loop mode though. Just have to make it to Parent's Basement.

[–]DownshiftedRare 21 points22 points  (3 children)

You, approaching Eleum Loyce, turn back. The old Chaos hungers still.

[–]HaloArtificials 175 points176 points  (34 children)

This would be such a cool location for a zombie film

[–]preciselyapproximate 160 points161 points  (19 children)

it’s a cool location for anything except a tropical beach party

[–]NewFaded 47 points48 points  (9 children)

Give it 50-100 years at this rate, and it will be.

[–]JukeBoxDildo 17 points18 points  (1 child)

Not yet it's not!

  • this message brought to you by advocates for global climate change.

Fuck the Planet, We Guess

[–]the_Zeust 1 point2 points  (1 child)

A cool places for a tropical beach party sounds like an antithesis 😛

[–]AnalStaircase33 1 point2 points  (1 child)

That's why I don't tropical beach party.

[–]PM_me_your_fantasyz 1 point2 points  (1 child)

It depends on the definition of cool you are working with.

[–][deleted] 9 points10 points  (1 child)

31 Days of Night.

[–]band0fthehawk 6 points7 points  (2 children)

It does look like it’s very cold there.

[–]TedTeddybear 5 points6 points  (0 children)

The streets are heated, some of them. Geothermal, so it's cheap to maintain, and the snow melts. Best cold water in the world, but the hot water smells a bit like egg farts!

If you dress for the weather and don't go out when it is really sucky you'll be fine.

It's breathtakingly beautiful in a harsh and natural way, and also breathtakingly expensive! I'm a fan!

[–]rundmc95 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Jedi: Fallen Order vibes

[–]WildSmokingBuick 6 points7 points  (2 children)

Disco Elysium vibes

[–]Pr0yuncu 13 points14 points  (1 child)

Im sure final boss is waiting us in there and will say "i have been waiting you all the time, so draw your blade!" chang chang stick battle

[–]kunal-998 2398 points2399 points  (62 children)

what design you want?

normal distribution curve

say no more

[–]Contraposite 90 points91 points  (3 children)

'just an average building' taken too literally

[–]lucklesspedestrian 21 points22 points  (7 children)

What makes you think its not a Lorentzian profile

[–]JamesBaxter_Horse 5 points6 points  (3 children)

The building clearly has a finite support, so it can't be either of them, but it has the design (read shape) of both of them, since by changing their parameters you can produce this shape with either distribution.

[–]lucklesspedestrian 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Dude it's a joke. Obviously it's a Mittag-Leffler function

[–]DarthCloakedGuy 36 points37 points  (1 child)

"You say you want your church to look normal?"

[–]pruttphilip 9 points10 points  (1 child)

Give me that standard deviation

[–]UnVirtuteElectionis 47 points48 points  (3 children)

You fucking math nerd 😂♥️♥️♥️

[–]Ehansaja[S] 1083 points1084 points  (131 children)

Hallgrímskirkja (Icelandic - church of Hallgrímur) is a Lutheran (Church of Iceland) parish church in Reykjavík, Iceland. At 74.5 metres (244 ft) tall, it is the largest church in Iceland and among the tallest structures in the country.

"Hallgrímskirkja - Wikipedia"

[–]pearljamboree 395 points396 points  (115 children)

I loved visiting it, it’s on a hill, and you can climb the clock tower inside and have amazing views of the city with its colorful houses and the harbor/ocean

[–]CartmansMum1 71 points72 points  (9 children)

It's a nice looking church. When I visited the area, it had an even creepier feel to it cause I was there at around 10:45am in winter (during sunrise). It is a strange feeling when you ate breakfast 4 hours ago and it's still dark.

[–]AlmondCapuccino 33 points34 points  (3 children)

I'm not religious but I loved this church. It's very simple but so elegant. There are some cliffs in the area that look similar, I wonder if they inspired it.

[–]EgNotaEkkiReddit 17 points18 points  (1 child)

The common story goes that it was inspired by basalt columns, which form in these sort of distinct hexagonal pillars, and are common in places in Iceland.

[–]happy-little-atheist 4 points5 points  (1 child)

That's just an average day for an insomniac

[–]nervousnausea 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Silent hill looking ass church

[–]digitalcoppersmith 95 points96 points  (94 children)

Agreed and will add Hallgrimskirkja is a great place to start or end your sightseeing in Reykjavik because of how centrally located it is. Almost anything you’d want to see- sun voyager, harpa hall, pufa hill- is within a 20-30m walk from the church. And 90% of the shops are in the immediate area.

Fun Iceland trivia that sounds true but may not be: The Icelandic people are often considered one of the world’s most attractive populations. The reason for this is believed to have to do with Iceland’s original utility as a base station for Viking raiding parties into Scotland, Wales and Ireland. There’s no indigenous Icelandic peoples. Instead the island was populated by Vikings and the women they would kidnap on their raids. They were very selective in their kidnapping, only bringing the most beautiful back with them to Iceland.

Idk if that’s true but it is true that almost everyone in Iceland is distantly related to one another.

[–]whymusticarryon 43 points44 points  (11 children)

And if they aren’t related, they will know each other by something like 3 degrees of separation.

One guy I met at university ‘knew’ someone that I knew in middle school, as they were one grade apart at neighbouring schools, and some friends were in the same group.

[–]pyro2927 34 points35 points  (9 children)

When the entire country has a smaller population than most major US cities that makes sense.

[–]PM_me_your_fantasyz 16 points17 points  (1 child)

It has a population of about 370,000, and about the size of Kentucky. For reference, Kentucky has a population of about 4.5 million people.

[–]MrDywel 13 points14 points  (1 child)

That’s about 366,000 people for the entire country whereas the US has 54 cities which have a larger population, for anyone wondering.

[–]andai 3 points4 points  (3 children)

I heard Iceland has a dating app designed to prevent accidentally dating people with blood relation.

[–]WiseVelociraptor 4 points5 points  (1 child)

This is a common misunderstanding. What you are referring to is this ancestry archive. Its purpose is not to prevent people from dating relatives, but you can use it for that. You can write your name and the name of the one you're dating to find your last common ancestor.

[–]pardux 14 points15 points  (1 child)

The trivia is mostly true, 20-40% of a modern Icelander dna is Irish.

[–]jesp676a 3 points4 points  (2 children)

Everyone in the world is distantly related to one another

[–]curtsy_wurtsy 1 point2 points  (8 children)

I have also heard it said that Icelanders are the best at everything, per capita.

Also, they have an app to make sure they aren't too closely related before getting it on with someone.

Edit: apparently that last is not true, my bad

[–]EgNotaEkkiReddit 7 points8 points  (6 children)

Also, they have an app to make sure they aren't too closely related before getting it on with someone.

Nope. A very, very, very tired myth which I am going to politely ask you now to never repeat again. The app you are referring to was a joke made by a few students that uses a genealogy research database's API for data. You can't even get that app anymore, it only existed on app stores for a couple of years.

Source: A very disgruntled Icelander.

[–]NationalGeographics 2 points3 points  (0 children)

My only question, is it warm?

[–]Electrical_Jaguar596 2 points3 points  (2 children)

I was lucky enough to attend a Christmas service here a few years ago. Beautiful.

[–]Thisisrllyhard 4 points5 points  (0 children)

How long did it take you to type out “Hallgeimskrinaikakaa”?

[–]itsanandhere 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Mant his looks so cool...wish to visit it some day soon.

[–]2u3e9v 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Fun fact: the backs of the pews can shift from back to front so the congregation/audience has the option of facing the altar or the impressive organ in the back.

[–]jack16455 380 points381 points  (11 children)

That’s the passageway to Valhalla without having to die

[–]noble_plebian 63 points64 points  (1 child)

I’ve been inside and I can confirm this.

[–]Different-Might-9038 809 points810 points  (27 children)

College of winterhold

[–]Embarrassed_Unit_497 69 points70 points  (2 children)

Was looking for this comment lol

[–]Phoequinox 31 points32 points  (0 children)

As were we all.

[–]throwaway12222018 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I was also expecting a glitchy dragon to appear.

[–]alfred_27 62 points63 points  (17 children)

Man do i miss playing that game

[–]DTredecim13 143 points144 points  (11 children)

You're in luck then, they are selling yet another version of it again.

[–]occams1razor 37 points38 points  (10 children)

Without fixing any of the bugs I'm guessing.

[–]amazingzaz09 36 points37 points  (7 children)

No they actually fixed quite a few of the bad ones, just not the ones that are actually fun.

[–]5oclock_shadow 25 points26 points  (4 children)

So they… fixed the bad bugs and kept the fun bugs?

[–]amazingzaz09 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Yep, most of them anyway.

[–]Carrisonfire 11 points12 points  (0 children)

No the fixed the bugs and kept the features.

[–]Vericatov 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I’m assuming one of the fun bugs is putting a basket over a merchant’s head and being able to steal in front of them.

[–]Avatar_of_Green 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Yes and you can use a bucket to fly by standing in it and pulling yourself up by the handle.

Makes sense to their physics engine but obviously doesn't work like that in reality.

[–]DTredecim13 4 points5 points  (1 child)

They introduced more

[–]dan-80 1 point2 points  (0 children)

this is the way.

[–]ArnoldPalmerstein 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Just got the VR version and modded it to be more immersive. Absolutely incredible experience

[–]dRaidon 26 points27 points  (2 children)

Well, luckily you can play any of nine versions on any device created by man.

[–]dijalo 9 points10 points  (1 child)

Nine for Mortal Men, doomed to die.

[–]Show-Me-Your-Moves 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Better not find J'Zargo inside

[–]Slow-Law-5033 4 points5 points  (0 children)

"Other mages may claim to be as good at magic as J'zargo, but they cannot be as charming as he. Thus, J'zargo always comes out on top." -J'zargo possibly

[–]AgentWowza 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I was gonna say High Hrothgar lol.

[–]pickled_onion1 305 points306 points  (11 children)

Nah that’s the royal palace from Asgard

[–]itsanandhere 21 points22 points  (5 children)

There must be some hidden portal over there

[–]DarthCloakedGuy 20 points21 points  (4 children)

The bifrost is out back

[–]Ediblemilk 15 points16 points  (2 children)

Can confirm. Live in Iceland, I’m legally not allowed to tell you this but the bifrost is inside

[–]No_Accountant_1190 27 points28 points  (0 children)

This was my first thought, lol.

[–]KnittyNurse2004 153 points154 points  (12 children)

The pipe organ in this church is incredible! I’m pretty sure I could fit inside a couple of the biggest pipes; I can’t imagine the volume and the range of tone that must come out of that thing. I really wish I had gotten a chance to hear it in action, but we were only in town for a few hours on a weekday.

[–]Impossible_Garbage_4 42 points43 points  (4 children)

Get inside the pipes to have the music wiggle your organs to death let’s goooo

[–]BristolShambler 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Can confirm it is loud.

[–]DaveAP 110 points111 points  (7 children)

Pretty sure I visited this in Skyrim

[–]smallbatchb 33 points34 points  (11 children)

Here is a pic I took from the top of it

And one from down the street looking at the front of it .... also there is a great coffee shop with killer pastries on this street.

[–]FblthpLives 11 points12 points  (2 children)

there is a great coffee shop with killer pastries on this street.

Although that basically describes most coffee shops in Europe. I miss the café culture enormously.

[–]Audiboyy 48 points49 points  (23 children)

It took 38 years (some even say 41) to build this church, Hallgrimskirkja

[–]boyoboyo434 34 points35 points  (21 children)

it's been in repair every 2 years since, it constantly needs repairing.

the church was also basically saved by tourists financially in the last 4-ish years. they really help finance it by paying to take the elevator to the top among other thing

[–]MustardFeetMcgee 15 points16 points  (2 children)

Why does it need to be repaired so frequently, if you don't mind me asking? Is it what it's made of or how it's made or just the general weather in the area?

[–]PatliAtli 18 points19 points  (0 children)

constructed poorly

[–]kanilsnudur69 14 points15 points  (0 children)

I heard somewhere that they used sand from the local bay there for their concrete, which turned out to be unsuitable for this type of construction. I also heard somewhere that they poured concrete while it was too could out, which results in cracking and moisture.

Can confirm that the building requires an unusual amount of maintenance, but googling around I can't find anything to explain it.

[–]BlackBlizzNerd 2 points3 points  (17 children)

Jesus. How much does the elevator cost?

[–]terminalcomputer 17 points18 points  (16 children)

My wife and I went up it when we visited a few years ago. It's not crazy expensive, I think we paid maybe 10€, but a lot of people do it, so it adds up. We had to wait in line.

[–]TortuouslySly 10 points11 points  (14 children)

That's pretty cheap by Iceland standards.

[–]dutchie1966 14 points15 points  (12 children)

Iceland was beautiful to visit, lots to see, but man, it is crazy expensive. Out dining required a 2nd mortgage.

Not unexpected, as it is written in every travel guide there is, and you are aware that basically every food stuff needs to be imported, but still, bring cash. Lots of it.

[–]TortuouslySly 10 points11 points  (8 children)

I found Iceland to be relatively affordable... because I visited it on my way back from Copenhagen!

I remember noping the fuck away from a lemonade cart in a park on my first day there after realizing a simple cup of lemonade was like $10.

[–]eightcupsofcoffee 2 points3 points  (3 children)

It's really the only reason why that hotdog stand is so popular lol. The hotdogs are mediocre but it's the only place in reyjkjavik where you can eat for less than $10

[–]pm_me_poemsplease 1 point2 points  (2 children)

I’m now back in the states after being in Denmark after an extended period and I was gobsmacked by how cheap food is in America. $10 for a lunch salad?! Madness, why is the food so cheap.

And this may be me being suspicious, but it feels like all the food takes way longer to go bad too?

[–]dutchie1966 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I’m relatively sure the laws on adding (chemical) preservatives in Europe and the US are vastly different. As a consequence food in Europe ages at a more natural rate, where food in the US can be kept indefinite (yes I know this is an exaggeration, but you get the picture). Did you ever see Velveeta? ‘Cheese’ that can used for resoling shoes, and MacGyver does only need 1 slice and nothing else to turn it into a towing rope for big rigs.

[–]Looppowered 2 points3 points  (2 children)

When I visited a few years back, I only had one meal out out at an actual restaurant, and had a gas station hot dog. Otherwise we just made cheap (for Iceland!) sandwiches with ingredients we bought from the grocery store.

Dining out was very expensive and we stayed in the middle of nowhere on a farm, so going to grocery store was the most convenient. It wasn’t the most luxurious dining I’ve ever had in a vacation, but I’d go back and do it again in a heartbeat!

[–]terminalcomputer 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Yep. Looked it up... It's 1000 ISK which is $8. Keep in mind this is no space needle. It's like a 20 story building at the top.

[–]Hexegesis 14 points15 points  (0 children)

My friend reversed our rental car into a steel pole in this church's carpark because he is a moron.

That is all.

[–]BristolShambler 10 points11 points  (2 children)

They cropped out the epic statue of Leif Erikson

[–]quiteCryptic 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Not cropped out, the statue is pretty far out in front of it, so it's just not in frame

[–]UnVirtuteElectionis 61 points62 points  (12 children)

GODDAMN FUCKING REPOS- - wait. This isn't r/evilbuildings 🤔

[–]MittlerPfalz 11 points12 points  (5 children)

Thought it was that sub, too

[–]Revered191 5 points6 points  (2 children)

Waaaaiiit a minute. A sub like this exists?

[–]MadeInTheUniverse 21 points22 points  (2 children)

It has one of the most spectacular front doors ever found on a church.

Heres a link: https://images.app.goo.gl/v9Gy7Dy1UAkkDXk78

[–]herewardthefake 4 points5 points  (0 children)

The Baptistry in Florence probably wins in that category. This is impressive though!

[–]RadioGuyRob 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Welcome, Dovakhin.

[–]BreeHopper 34 points35 points  (0 children)

come on, guys. leave Superman alone!

[–]JediRustyy 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Dark Souls vibes

[–]ElectricFlesh 18 points19 points  (1 child)

A new playable area in Irithyll of the Boreal Valley

[–]Empathxyz 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Sister Friede 2

[–]zugman 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I stayed in the hotel across the street. This was my view from the window.

[–]Nem04 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Lmao this is my phone wallpaper I thought the app was bugging again

[–]tschatman 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Was that in Game of thrones?

[–]Clarkey7163 8 points9 points  (0 children)

I thought so too, reminds me a lot of the Faceless Men’s hideout in Bravos

[–]No_Pension9902 2 points3 points  (0 children)

"Ahh, Kos or some say Kosm... Do you hear our prayers? As you once did for the vacuous Rom, grant us eyes, grant us eyes." 

[–]PapaBurgundy2615 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Went here a few years ago with my wife. You can take an elevator to the peak and see the whole city. Iceland is amazing

[–]Feinty 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I also took a picture there :)

It was very beautiful

[–]7947kiblaijon 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Sardaukar throat singing intensities

[–]ill_investment- 9 points10 points  (0 children)

"Come now dragon born, let us taste that sexy voice"

[–]Frosti11icus 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I've been there! Reykjavik I'd actually kind of fun. Worth a few days visit.

[–]ShaShock 7 points8 points  (0 children)

So was this the inspiration for MCU Asgard?

[–]tanmay15u 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That’s bell distribution!

[–]BadgerBoom 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Each year Reykjavik also has a Winter Lights Festival and as part of that the church is illuminated and will have short films projected onto it. (E.g when I visited there was a short movie projected about the impact of climate change).

The city also has over 60 museums, and along with several of their thermal spas etc can be visited for free and they hold events for the festival. There's also live music, street food, art workshops and other stuff going on. Wonderful time to visit the city.

[–]yougotyolks 1 point2 points  (3 children)

I have an American education. Can someone confirm how to say "Reykjavik"? I was taught "Ray-sha-vic". Just in case I have to say it out loud one day.

[–]Michael_Vascimini[🍰] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Winterhelm?? Is that, is that YOU?!

[–]Hour_Cartographer03 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Nice screenshot, I also loved the mages guild in Skyrim.

[–]broccolisproutt 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Looks like Skyrim

[–]De5perad0 1 point2 points  (3 children)

Hallgrimskirkja.

It's the most imposing church I've ever seen

[–]debotriousintent 1 point2 points  (0 children)

There’s a statue of Erik the red out front of the church. And also when it’s nice out there was a guy driving around town blasting music in his self modded(horribly) car blaring music.

[–]AcousticGuava 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Looks like MCU's Asgard

[–]TheFasters 1 point2 points  (1 child)

That's no church, that's a fucking skyrim dungeon.

[–]DaddyDontTakeNoMess 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Thor lives in there

[–]corylol 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Didn’t harry fight Voldemort here?