Kirkjubøur

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Kirkjubøur
Village
At left is Saint Olav's Church from the 12th century. The central building is Kirkjubøargarður (also called Roykstovan), the worlds' oldest still inhabited wooden house, from the 11th century. It's also a museum. In the background the islands Sandoy and Hestur.
At left is Saint Olav's Church from the 12th century. The central building is Kirkjubøargarður (also called Roykstovan), the worlds' oldest still inhabited wooden house, from the 11th century. It's also a museum. In the background the islands Sandoy and Hestur.
Kirkjubøur is located in Denmark Faroe Islands
Kirkjubøur
Kirkjubøur
Location in the Faroe Islands
Coordinates: 61°57′22″N 6°47′37″W / 61.95611°N 6.79361°W / 61.95611; -6.79361Coordinates: 61°57′22″N 6°47′37″W / 61.95611°N 6.79361°W / 61.95611; -6.79361
State  Kingdom of Denmark
Constituent country  Faroe Islands
Island Streymoy
Municipality Tórshavnar kommuna
Population (1 January 2009)
 • Total 75
Time zone GMT
 • Summer (DST) EST (UTC+1)
Postal code FO 175
A cluster of houses on Í Lágabø street

Kirkjubøur is the southernmost village on Streymoy, Faroe Islands and the country's most important historical site.

It is located on the west coast and has a view towards the islands Hestur and Koltur.

History[edit]

The village was important in the Middle Ages. At that time it was the episcopal residence for the Diocese of the Faroe Islands and as such the spiritual centre of the society. In those days the village is said to have had around 50 houses. The majority of these houses were washed away by a fierce storm in the 16th century.

There are three main attractions from this time:

People[edit]

Many prominent people come from Kirkjubøur or have been living here:

Kirkjubøur pew ends[edit]

The mediaeval carved pew ends from Saint Olav's church are now to be found in the National Museum of the Faroe Islands. These featured in three series of Faroese stamps, engraved by Czeslaw Slania. For the full series, see here.

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

One of the pew ends: Maria and Baby Jesus 
Magnus Cathedral 
Map showing the position of Kirkjubøur on Streymoy 
A blizzard in Kirkjubøur 
The islet of Kirkjubøhólmur and st. Olav's church. In the distance the island of Hestur