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Strandarkirkja, Thorlakshofn

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Strandarkirkja is a Lutheran (Church of Iceland) parish church in Selvogur, Iceland. It is often referred to as the 'miracle church' in Iceland, with the locals' longstanding belief that it has profound, divine powers.HistoryThe Church was originally built sometime in the 12th century. The story relates that there is one night when a group of sailors tried to navigate back to Iceland in a storm. The southern coast of Iceland is notorious for its hidden reefs and rough coast. The distressed sailors prayed to God for a safe return and vowed to build a church wherever they landed. When they ended their prayer an angel, seemingly made of light, appeared before their bow. The angel guided them through the rough surfs and led the crew into a bay for safe landing. The sailors, making good on the promise, built a wooden church at the site and named it Strandarkirkja. The bay nearby is named Angel's Bay (Engilsvík in Icelandic) to commemorate the incident. Many miracles have been attributed to Strandarkirkja and there was a time when it was one of the richest churches in Iceland from the donations of Icelanders coming from all over the country in hopes of having their prayers and wishes realized.SelvogurStrandarkirkja served as the parish church of the community of Selvogur. In the early days of Icelandic settlement the area had numerous substantial farms; the land was fertile and the sea good for fishing. The town is first mentioned in Sturlunga Saga, where Gissur Þorvaldsson allows Dufgusi Þorleifsson take up residence there in the summer of 1238.
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  • This beautiful little church is a little off the beaten track but well worth a visit. The coastal location is amazing and the story behind the church is charming. A little gem! 
  • We spotted this on the horizon from the ring road, and it looked so bleak and desolate, we thought it a good detour! The church was lit inside and appears to be open most of the time - although we wer...  more »
  • An amazing location overlooking the sea. The church is not a big deal, as most of Icelandic churches, but their location are special. This is in front of the sea protected by a wall that in ancient ti...  more »
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  • Great stop when driving from Grindavik to Selfoss. Saw this church while a storm was passing over the sea in front of it. Quite the sight. Church is open for visitors and donations are accepted for walking around in the beautiful structure. Would recommend a stop if driving past!
  • Lovely little church, worth it for a short detour on the trip to Iceland.
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  • Nice church :)
  • 就是一個海邊的教堂。 旁邊就是海岸。 時間不足就沒必要特地繞過來