On the land of Litli-Bakki in Hróarstunga in East-Iceland, you can see a duplicate of a 1000-year-old farm turf church, which stood on this spot a 1000 years in the past in Commonwealth Age (þjóðveldisöld) in Viking time (930-1262).
An archaeological dig again in 1997 on the land of Geirsstaðir, run by the East Iceland Cultural Museum – Minjasafn Austurlands, unearthed outdated ruins of a farmstead, consisting of a Viking long-house, a turf-church, and two smaller buildings. A round turf-wall was unearthed across the buildings.
Prime photograph: Geirsstaðakirkja church
Inside Geirsstaðakirkja Turf Church
Geirsstaðakirkja turf church is constructed of turf, wooden, and stone in keeping with the outdated methods of constructing turf homes. Inside this small turf church, you can see a wood altar with a stupendous large wood cross.
On the altar lies a carved visitor guide and data on the turf church, wrapped in plastic as there’s a small open window above the altar.
The church is believed to be the home-church of Hróar, who was the son of Uni the Danish Garðarsson.
Geirsstaðakirkja Turf Church
This constructing model was widespread right here throughout the first ages of Christianity in Viking time, and a standard church kind in Norway. It’s believed that it was a home church, because it have been, solely meant for the farm.
There are farm church buildings throughout Iceland and you may see a farm church within the remotest locations in Iceland. You possibly can see on this church-map what number of church buildings there are in Iceland. I attempt to go to all of them on my travels in my nation.
Geirsstaðakirkja turf church was in-built 1999-2001. The funds for the constructing of this church have been largely from the funds of the EU, but additionally from the Icelandic Establishments “Vísindasjóður Rannsóknarráðs Íslands“, “Norður-Hérað” and “Nýsköpunarsjóður atvinnulífsins“.
Bjarni Ólafsson carved the art work within the door-post of the church by a drawing from Gunnar Bjarnason, house-builder.
The turf church, which faces east and west in keeping with an outdated custom, was blessed in 2001 and a Christening happened right here that very same yr.
It’s such a stunning little turf church with carved benches in entrance the place one can have a picnic. It’s so price stopping by the church imagining that you’re again in Viking occasions in Iceland. I believe this can be a job properly performed – a extremely applaudable venture.
Geirsstaðakirkja Turf Church
This turf church is a duplicate of an historic turf church, however there are solely 5 turf church buildings of their authentic kind left in Iceland.
The most important of them is Saurbæjarkirkja turf church and the one that’s thought of to be essentially the most lovely of the remaining turf church buildings is Víðimýrarkirkja turf church. Then there’s Grafarkirkja turf church, which is the oldest turf church in Iceland, and Núpsstaðakirkja turf church, which is the smallest one of many turf church buildings in Iceland.
The final turf church to be in-built Iceland is Hofskirkja turf church. Then there is another turf church at Árbæjarsafn Museum in Reykjavík, which is rebuilt from baðstofa wooden from Skagafjörður, within the liking of a turf church at Silfrastaðir.
The turf and rock Viking ship
By the church, you can see art work within the liking of a Viking ship, constructed by Donald Gunn, a Scottish stone-builder.
Geirsstaðakirkja turf church is situated at the junction of roads 925 and 926, near Lagarfossvirkjun hydroelectric energy station. The turf church might be seen from the highway and there’s easy accessibility to it.
Geirsstaðakirkja turf church
There may be a lot to see in East-Iceland, however I’ve solely written a few travel-blogs about this lovely space:
Have a stunning time exploring East-Iceland 🙂