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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 27 September 2017
Niels T
Copenhagen Region, Denmark
Lovely little waterfront church.

This is the oldest church (c1250) still in use in the Faroes and although simple and stark in it's... read more

Reviewed 9 August 2017
Innisfil, Canada
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Kirkjubour, Streymoy, Faroe Islands
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Reviewed 27 September 2017

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

Thank Niels T
Reviewed 9 August 2017

This is the oldest church (c1250) still in use in the Faroes and although simple and stark in it's design and interior, it's charming. Also on this site is the ruins of the Saint Magnus Cathedral and a nice recreation of various farm buildings. Washrooms...More

Thank OntarioTrekker
Reviewed 12 July 2017

This church is a typical faroe church: Light in the inner, a lot of wood, modern coulurs. Old churchyard around the church.

Thank downunderaussie2016
Reviewed 20 June 2017

We were on a guided tour to Olavskirkjan ( Olav Church) from approx. 1250, which is a parish church located in Kirkjubøur in southwest Streymoy. It is the oldest church in the Faroe Islands, which is still in use. The famous 'Kirkjubøur chairs', which are...More

Thank leffex
Reviewed 28 May 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...More

Thank Norwegian11
Reviewed 14 May 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
Reviewed 12 April 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...More

6  Thank springbank
Reviewed 25 August 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
Reviewed 7 July 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
Reviewed 25 May 2016

Although this church has nothing overly special to it, it does have a superb setting on the shores of the fjord. More importantly, it is open. Most churches in the Faroes are forever closed. You have to be lucky to stumble on an open church....More

Thank dmittleman
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