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Alluitsoq is located in Greenland
Location within Greenland

Alluitsoq (Old Spelling: Agdluitsok) is the name of a former settlement in southern Greenland, located on the Alluitsoq or Lichtenau Fjord near Cape Farewell. It is about 7 kilometers from Ammassivik (Sletten), located on the opposite side of the same fjord.

It was founded as Lichtenau (German: "Light Meadow"[1]) by the Moravian missionary Gotfried Grillich and five families[2] in 1774.[3] For a time, it was the largest permanent settlement in Greenland. The mission was surrendered to the Lutheran Church of Denmark in 1900.[4]

The site has a large graveyard and was used as a children's home for the Gertrud Rask Institute between 1942 and 1980. The fjord separates in two at the end. One houses the largest waterfall in Greenland, Qorlortorsuaq, and a trout farm. The other holds a Norse farm's ruins.[5]


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  2. ^ "Mission in Greenland". The Christian Library: Comprising a Series of Standard Works in Religious Literature. Key & Biddle, 1833.
  3. ^ Lüdecke, Cornelia. "East Meets West: Meteorological observations of the Moravians in Greenland and Labrador since the 18th century Archived 2016-03-03 at the Wayback Machine". History of Meteorology 2, 2005.
  4. ^ Wittman, P. "Greenland". The Catholic Encyclopedia. Robert Appleton Co. (New York), 1909. Accessed 28 Apr 2012.
  5. ^ "Historic sites and ruins in the Nanortalik district Archived 2011-01-08 at the Wayback Machine". Accessed 28 Apr 2012.

Coordinates: 60°33′N 45°28′W / 60.550°N 45.467°W / 60.550; -45.467