Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Living in Rome, I’m always shocked when tourists tell me “Isn’t the Victor Emmanuel Monument in Piazza Venezia gorgeous?” No. It’s not gorgeous. It’s horribly ugly and I wish it would just go away.
I guess I sounded like a tourist when we had dinner at Solveig’s house in Reykjavik. I kept going on and on about how much I loved the cathedral, the Hallgrimskirkja. After babbling on about it’s clean lines, stark silhouette and monumental presence, Solveig’s husband, Gunnar, finally said “Hmm...well, we think it is kind of ugly.”
There you have it. One tourist’s Hallgrimskirkja is another one’s Victor Emmanuel Monument.
If you’d like to know more about the church, here ya go.
I’ll just leave you with my photos. You decide. Ugly monument only an ignorant tourist could love? Or national architectural treasure too fabulous for natives to appreciate?
I was in Iceland courtesy of the Food & Fun festival, and my airfare was paid for by Iceland Air.