Culture and history
NATIONAL GALLERY, TÓRSHAVN
Fine arts sin the Faroe Islands are quite a modern phenomenon, and did not reach a high level until the 1930s. We can arrange for you lectures about Faroese fine art and guided tour at the National Gallery.
Kirkjubøargarður (Faroese for Yard of Kirkjubøur, also known as King's Farm) is one of the oldest still inhabited wooden houses of the world. The farm itself has always been the largest in the Faroe Islands.
The old farmhouse of Kirkjubøur dates back to the 11th century. It was the episcopal residence and seminary of the Diocese of the Faroe Islands, from about 1100. The legend says, that the wood for the block houses came as driftwood from Norway and was accurately bundled and numbered, just for being set up. Note, that there is no forest in the Faroes and wood is a very valuable material. Many such wood legends are thus to be found in Faroese history.
Other famous buildings directly by the farmhouse are the Magnus Cathedral and the Saint Olav's Church, which also date back to the mediaeval period. All three together represent the Faroe Island's most interesting historical site.
We can arrange for you to visit the farm and hear about the history of the place and Faroese history in general, and also to have a meal there made from local ingredients.