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Strandarkirkja, Thorlakshofn

Categories: Churches, Tourist Spots
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4.5/5 based on 20+ reviews on the web
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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  • 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...  read more »
  • This famous church on the south coast of Iceland not very far from Reykjavík and on the road from Keflavik Airport if you decide to drive the south beach road where the view is beautiful. You might be...  read more »
  • It's location is just beautiful right along side the ocean and just a few Km off the road. It's very quaint and no matter what your religion it's a nice place to see and spend a few moments continplat...  read more »
  • 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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  • 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
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