Olavskirkjan, Kirkjubour

#6 of 11 in Historic Sites in Streymoy
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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  • Situated by the water’s edge, this is a lovely church inside and out. Service was just about to start so we couldn’t wait long but we’re delighted to be able to see inside.  more »
  • In Kirkjubøur you find quite close to the Cathedral Ruinen the oldest Faroese parish church which is in use Olavs Church from about 1250. It is bordered by a stone-eedy and has the most beautiful entrance door with a mosaic in blue tones. The cemetery is located around the church. The church is as close to the water as it is possible. The church is built in boulders and whitewashed inside and out. We were lucky and the church was open. In the porch, stone is the floor. The church is in inside the bright Nordic tree very simple and friendly. The altar board is a great beautiful painting. The baptismal fund we searched a little after, on a wooden bench wall hung an iron ring which is turned up and put a dish to the water. The church is clearly restored, however, with respect for history. Should have been restored in 1965-67. A church you should visit.
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