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Kirkjubour, Faroe Islands

Discussion in 'Landscapes, Architecture, and Cityscapes' started by bobhoge, Jun 21, 2007.

  1. On the way from Vestmanna to Torshavn in the Faroe Islands we made an interesting stop at Kirkjubour. This was the Bishops residence in the middle ages until he was ousted during the reformation.

    This large farmhouse, home to the same family for 17 generations, was built on part of the foundation of the old Bishop's Palace:

    Inside were items that might have been found there in olden days:

    The "whaling kit" was hanging on the wall. Small Pilot Whales were (and still are) taken on the beaches. The hook at the bottom of the photo was used to hold the whale on the beach while it was killed with the knives in scabards. The large flensing knives (crossed) were used to butcher the whale:

    Backbones of larger whales made good stools:

    This large cathedral was started in the 13th century, but was abandoned uncompleted during the reformation:


    Bob & Nan
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