Sandur, Faroe Islands

Sandur, Faroe Islands

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Sandur (meaning sandy beach) is a village on the south coast of the island of Sandoy in the Faroe Islands. The Sandur hoard, dating to the end of the 11th century, suggests the long history of the village. In January 2010 the population stood at 558.

The Municipality Sandur consists of just the village of Sandur. Sandur is the most populous place on the Sand Island. It is situated on a peninsula between the lakes Gróthúsvatn in the northwest and Sandsvatn in the northeast facing the inlets Grótvík and Sandsvágur in the south.

1000 years of history

Sandur is an old site of the thing where every year the local Várting was held.

Excavations here have unearthed a stave church from the 11th century, where today you can find a typical Faroese wooden church with grass roof. In 1988 the modern church suffered a devastating fire in which all of the church's silver melted. The fire turned out to be arson. However in the following year the church was restored, just in time for its 150th anniversary.

In 1863 while extending the churchyard a treasure of silver was foundconsisting of 98 coins from the 11th century, half of them of German origin(see: Sandur hoard).

Furthermore in 1989 archaeologists discovered a pagan burial ground from the times of Viking occupation. (See History of the Faroe Islands.) The burial included the well-preserved skeleton of a woman from the Faroe Islands in a grave 150 cm long. The grave also included three beads of amber, a blue glass bead, and a...
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