is a national monument, dedicated to the most renowned sacred poet of Iceland, Hallgrímur Pétursson. The parish is part of the Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Iceland. Hallgrímskirkja towers over the centre of Reykjavik, and its 73 meter-high tower provides a wonderful view over all Reykjavík. Building work started in 1945 and the church was finally consecrated on October 26th 1986. The state architect, Gudjón Samúelsson (1887-1950) designed the church. He drew richly on Icelandic traditions and materials. The concert organ was inaugurated in 1992. It was constructed by Johannes Klais Organworks in Bonn, Germany. Friends of the Arts of Hallgrímskirkja was founded in 1982 and has promoted rich and varied artistic events. A festival of sacred arts is held every other year and the International organ summer is held every year.