Kirkjub°ur is the southernmost village on Streymoy.
It is located on the west coast and has a view towards
the island Hestur.
The village was important in the middle ages. At that time it was the Episcopal residence and as such the
spiritual centre of the society. In those days the village is said to have had around 50 houses. The majority
of these houses were washed away by a fierce storm in the 16th century.
The churches in Kirkjub°ur are considered an important cultural inheritance of the Faroe Islands.
The Magnus Cathedral normally referred to as ĹMururinĺ (the wall) was built around year 1300. If the construction
of the cathedral was actually completed or not is not known today. Today there is only the 1Ż-meter thick
The whitewashed ĹOlavskirkjanĺ is the oldest of the three churches in Kirkjubo. It was built in the 12th century
and is the only church from the middle ages still used in the Faroe Islands.
ĹKirkjubostolarnirĺ are parts of the
original benches with carvings of the apostles. For years they were stored in a museum in Denmark but have
now been returned to the islands. They are now on show in Fornminnissavnid, which is a museum in Tˇrshavn .
About 100 meters from the mentioned two churches down by the sea are the remains of a third church which
is said to be younger than the Olavskirkjan.
Kongsgardurin is a couple of charming old wooden buildings, which are made of timber, which is said to have
come drifting from Norway. One of these buildings called Roykstovan is 900 years old and still occupied.
In the year 1151 a little boy was born in a cave above Kirkjub°ur. He would grow to be King Sverre of Norway.