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N˙pssta­ur

N˙pssta­ur

N˙pssta­ur is the easternmost farm in Fljˇtshverfi in Skaftßrhreppur region. An old turf farmhouse remains stending at N˙pssta­ur, together with an ancient chapel, one of very few turf churches remaining in Iceland. N˙pssta­ur ceased to be an knowledge church in 1765, but ecclesiastical activities never died out completely. In 1930 the chapel was declared a protected ancient monument, and in 1961 it was reconsecrated.
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Rev. Jˇns SteingrÝmsson's Chapel

Rev. Jˇns SteingrÝmsson's Chapel

The chapel at KirkjubŠjarklaustur was consecrated in 1974. It was built in the memory of reverend Jˇn SteingrÝmsson, fire cleric (1728-1791). He said the famous Eldmessa (Fire Mass) on July 20, 1783 in the church in Klaustur. Many believe that the Eldmessa stopped the stream of the lava that threatened habitation at the time. The place where the stream of lava stopped is now called Eldmessutangi and is to the west of Systrastapi, but the chapel is situated a little to the east of the old church site. The old cemetery in KirkjubŠjarklaustur was fenced in with a concrete wall. There are a few gravestones in the cemetery, among them one at the grave of reverend Jˇn SteingrÝmsson and his wife ١runn.
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Prestsbakki

Prestsbakki

Prestsbakki has been an ecclesiastical site since 1859, when church activities at KirkjubŠjarklaustur ceased. The Rev. Jˇn SteingrÝmsson (1728-91), know as the ,,Fire Priest", lived at Prestsbakki. The church at Prestsbakki contains many interesting objects.
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ŮykkvabŠjarklaustur

ŮykkvabŠjarklaustur

ŮykkvabŠjarklaustur is a church site in ┴lftaver and was formerly the location of a monastery founded in 1186 which remained active until the Reformation. Eysteinn ┴sgrÝmsson a monk at ŮykkvabŠjarklaustur in the 14th century composed the poem Lilja, one of Icelands most famous medieval devotional poems. A pillar of columnar basalt has been erected where the monastery is believed to have stood.
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Kßlfafell

Kßlfafell

Kßlfafell is a church site in Fljˇtshverfi. The present church, consecrated in 1898, was reconstructed in 1960.
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Langholt

Langholt

Langholt is the location of a church at Me­alland. A church which formerly stood a Hˇlmasel disappeared under the lava of the Skaftß Fires eruption in 1783.
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Gr÷f

Gr÷f

Gr÷f is the location of a church at Skaftßrtunga. Around the churchyard is a fine rock wall cunstructed in 1982.
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