Foundation stone from the Cathedral of St Nicholas

Foundation stone from the Cathedral of St Nicholas

Photo: Dale Mackenzie Brown Archaeology.org
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St Nicholas Cathedral

[Roman Catholic]

Igaliku / Gardar

Greenland

Christianity was brought to Greenland by Viking Leif Eriksson in AD 999. Eventually there were sixteen churches and early in the 12th century a petition was sent for a bishop. In 1126 a red sandstone cathedral was built, 84 x 60 feet, and dedicated to the patron of seafarers, St Nicholas. The church was excavated in 1926. The oldest remains contained 25 walrus skulls and 5 narwhales, indicating that it was built on the site of a pagan shrine.
Foundation stone from the Cathedral of St Nicholas
Cathedral ruins
Setting for the episcopal residence, farm, and cathedral
Millennium service celebrating 1000 years of Christianity in Greenland, July 2000