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Saurbaejarkirkja, Akureyri

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Saurbæjarkirkja (Icelandic pronunciation: ​[ˈsœirˌpaiːjarˌcʰɪr̥ca]) is a church in the Eyjafjörður region of Iceland. It is located about 26 kilometres (16 mi) south of Akureyri.

Saurbæjarkirkja church has thick turf and stone walls on the outside for protection against the weather, and turf on the roof.

It was built in 1858 by Olaf Briem (1808-59), who studied carpentry in Copenhagen.

It is one of only six turf churches still extant in Iceland.

Most churches in the country were built of this material until well into the 19th century.

Inside, the church has a wooden frame construction. Churches of this type had no tower, and the bells usually hung from the front gable.

Saurbæjarkirkja church is now under care of the National Museum of Iceland (Þjóðminjasafn Íslands).
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  • This is a great example of a turf church! It is easy to find and located off a beautiful drive into the countryside south of Akureyri. There is plenty of parking, and although the church is locked...  more »
  • This lovely hut is a small and pretty wooden church. The key is at the hotel around the corner. In my view it was worth to visit ..  more »
  • This church is very cute, nice for pictures. No other tourists this far south, apparently :)
  • Nice church :)

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