Saint Olav's Church, Kirkjubøur

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Saint Olav's Church, Kirkjubøur

Saint Olav's Church (Faroese: Òlavskirkjan) is a medieval church in the village of Kirkjubøur in Streymoy, Faroe Islands. It was built before 1200, which makes it the oldest church of the Faroe Islands. Until the Reformation, it served as the seat of the Catholic bishop.[1]

A runestone, the Kirkjubøur stone, was found in 1832 in the church. Today it is in the National Museum of the Faroe Islands. The pew ends from the church were transferred in 1875, after the church was restored, to the National Museum of Denmark in Copenhagen and were returned to Faroe Islands and exhibited at the National Museum of the Faroe Islands in 2002. There are 14 pew ends, 11 depicting the Apostles, and the three remaining ones depicting other Biblical figures. They were on several occasions featured on postal stamps — in 1980 (4 stamps), in 1984 (4 stamps), and in 2001 (4 stamps). [2] [3]

Faroese postage stamp


  1. ^ "Kirkjan í Kirkjubø" (in Faroese). Tórshavn: Føroya Stiftsstjórn. Retrieved 29 April 2018.
  2. ^ "Runes in History - The Faroese Stones". Runes 101. Retrieved August 1, 2018.
  3. ^ "Pew Gables - Set of mint". Post of the Faroe Islands. Retrieved 30 April 2018.

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Coordinates: 61°57′6″N 6°47′36″W / 61.95167°N 6.79333°W / 61.95167; -6.79333