Olavskirkjan, Kirkjubour

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See the oldest church still in use on the Faroes at Olavskirkjan, a stark 12th-century structure just a few steps from the sea. A stone wall borders the whitewashed building. Inside, you'll find a simple but clean and peaceful space. Outside, wander around behind the church to see the local cemetery among the green grass. Take a look at our Kirkjubour tour itinerary planner to schedule your visit to Olavskirkjan and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • this church has real old roots but it is the rather simple interior and the fantastic location which is really nice and the houses around it are really nice  more »
  • Olav's Church is where the island's first church was established. The altarpiece is special and has been made of one of the Islands ' leading artists 1967. The whole head is full of the early early history of the Faroe Islands and well worth a visit.
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  • Olav's Church in Kirkjebø is the oldest church on the Faroe Islands, which are still in use. It was built in about 1250, but is beautifully restored in recent times. The Church has gotten a new altarpiece, which is a manufacture of Jesus, who puts the storm on the Lake. It was painted by the Faroese painter Samal Mikenes. Unlike the vast majority of Churches on the Faroe Islands have Olav's Church no organ. We were a group of 30 who visited the Church, and we sang from the Faroese hymn book a capella's grandiose hymn "Sorrig and joy they wander into them. At the entrance to the Church and the cemetery you go through a very beautiful cover, which is decorated by the famous Faroese artist Gaarow Patursson.
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