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An old church still in use

The Olavskirkjan is a part of the three churches at Kirkjubour. It is still in use even it is very... read more

Reviewed August 29, 2018
Ivar T
via mobile
great church at great location

this church has real old roots but it is the rather simple interior and the fantastic location... read more

Reviewed September 26, 2017
Niels T
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Copenhagen Region, Denmark
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Reviewed May 28, 2017

The Olavskirkjan is the oldest church in the Faroes still in use. We were shown round by the excellent "royal" farmer from Kirkjubøur and although the church looks simple it has a fascinating history. It is overshadowed by the neighbouring medieval farm and ruins of the Magnus cathedral but it is well worth visiting. Everyone visiting Kirkjubøur should visit all the sites here.

Thank Norwegian11
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Reviewed May 14, 2017

This is a church from 1250 that is still in use. Our guide showed us around and even sang a hymn for us in the church. It is not very decorated, but quite bare. The nice thing is that it is still used.

Thank Anette12345
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Reviewed April 12, 2017 via mobile



A parish church, from about 1250, located in Kirkjubøur in southwestern Streymoy.
It Faroe oldest church still in use. The church is named after the Norwegian King Olav den Hellige (995-1035), and from 1111 to 1538 the Faroe Islands had its own diocese with Olav Church as the main church.
The 21.8 meter long and 7.5 meter wide church is built of boulders, which is white plastered on both sides. The present church tower was built in 1855
On the church's north wall shows a small hole where the lepers until 1740 outside had to follow the service. In this way they could also participate in the aisle.
The altarpiece, which depicts a fishing boat, painted by Sámal Mikines. The entrance gate glass art is made of Tróndur Patursson.

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Reviewed August 25, 2016

A very plain parish church that kisses the North Atlantic. Modern art above the holy end and one other religious painting of note. Solid construction. Interesting graveyard. Loos near by.

Thank RaibeartAlba
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Reviewed July 7, 2016

It's a really nice and calm place. The church is beautiful placed by the small harbour. The church itself is not so special but with the church ruins, the harbour and old original houses it's a place to visit.

Thank Marie E
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