Hvalsey Church

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hvalsey

(Danish: Hvalsø Kirke) was a church in the abandoned Greenlandic Norse settlement of Hvalsey (now modern-day Qaqortoq). The best preserved Norse ruins in Greenland, the Church was also the location of the last written record of the Greenlandic Norse, a wedding in September 1408. You will notice that the building had a simple gable roof construction which required large timbers. You will notice (see background) that no such trees grow in Greenland today (yet they DID during the Medieval Viking occupation – their remains have been found!) Likewise it was warm enough THEN to grow their (necessary) crops and to farm sheep and kine. Global Warming? Humph!

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