Torshavn

Torshavn, the capital of the Faroes, is located in the largest island, Streymoy. It could be described as a rural city, since its total area is large but much of it is occupied by green spaces.To the north west of the town lies the 347-metre (1,140 ft) high mountain Husareyn, and to the southwest, the 350-metre (1,100 ft) high Kirkjuboreyn. The city itself has a population of 19000 (2008). The city was founded in the 10th century and may well be the oldest capital in Northern Europe.

The name of the city means Thor’s Harbour, named after the god of thunder and lightning in Norse mythology.

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Tinganes is the historic location of the Faroese logting (parliament), and is a part of Torshavn. The name means parliament jetty or parliament point in Faroese.

The parliament met here for the first time in the Viking ages when Norwegian colonialists placed their Ting (parliament) here in 825 AD. It is one of the oldest parliamentary meeting places in the world, along with Tynwald hill in the Isle of Man and pingvellir in Iceland. The logting has since moved to the north of the city, but the home-rule government still sits here.

Torshavn Dome – The second oldest church in the country.

KirkjubOur – Kirkjubour is the southernmost village on Streymoy, Faroe Islands and the country’s most important historical site. The village was important in the Middle Ages. At that time it was the episcopal residence for the Diocese of the Faroe Islands and as such the spiritual centre of the society.

The museum of Natural History, with a small botanical garden with 150 Faroese plants.

The Nordic House in the Faroe Islands, the most important cultural institution in the Faroes.

The historical museum in Hoyvik, with all its treasures.

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