Kirkjubøur

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Kirkjubøur is the southernmost village on Streymoy, Faroe Islands and the country’s most important historical site with the ruins of the Magnus Cathedral from around 1300, the Saint Olav’s Church from 12th century and the old farmhouse Kirkjubøargarður from 11th century. In 1832 a runestone was found near the Magnus Cathedral in Kirkjubøur. The stone which is referred to as the Kirkjubøur stone dates back to the Viking Ages.

The village is located on the south-west coast of Streymoy and has a view towards the islands Hestur and Koltur towards west and to Sandoy towards south.

History
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:

The ruins of the Magnus Cathedral from about 1300.
The oldest still used church of the Faroes, Saint Olav’s Church from 12th century.
The oldest still inhabited wooden house of the world, Kirkjubøargarður from 11th century.

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