Right next to the parking space in a park overlooking the city there are two statues picturing a man and a woman returning from the outlying fields with milk and peet, this monument has been erected as a memory to the hardship of previous times when the town was not as modern as it is today.
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This is the former fort warehouse - the extreme building on Tinganes, built in 1750. The other red-brownish houses were all built after the fire of 1673 as warehouses and residential properties. Today most of the buildings are government offices.
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These are fortifications built in 1580 by Magnus Heinason a local hero, to protect the trade against pirates. During the Second World War the Faroes and the fort was occupied by British forces. They had their headquarters on Skansin. The fort has been modified several times and obtained its present shape in 1780. It was restored some years ago. There are two guns left over from the British occupation and some old Danish bronze guns from 1782.
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Street Sculpture and Statues (5) Nólsoyar Páll
Nólsoyar Páll (oul Poulsen Nolsøe) was born on 11 October 1766 in Nólsoy and died 1809 in Sumba) is a if not the Faroese national hero. Páll was a seaman, trader, poet, farmer, and boat builder.
In 1804 at Vágur he built the first ship capable of crossing the Atlantic since the Middle Ages. In 1809, during the Napoleonic Wars, he would travel to Britain on this ship and stock up on food supplies to ensure that famine and starvatiopn did not take hold in the islands.
Although he is known for his sailing and blockade breaking - he is often thought to be better known for his poetry. His bird ballad uses the allegory of the oystercatcher chasing birds to represent the government officials and the smallbirds to be representative of the poor people of the Islands.
Street Sculpture and Statues (2) R.C. Effersøe
Located on the lane in front of the Lagthing there is a head and shoulders depiction of the Faroese poet R.C. Effersøe. It was unveiled in 1933
Rasmus Cristoffer Effersøe was a poet, newspaper professional and an active worker who supported the Faroese language. He was also a strict advocate agaisnt alcohol and called fro strict controls on the sale of alcohol.
Street Sculpture and Statues (4) Niels R Finsen
Commemoration of Niels R. Finsen, born in Tórshavn (1860-1904). He was a Faroese physician, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine (1903) and is often considered the father of radiology. As a child he carved "NRF" in the rock behind the plaque.
The plaque reads:
"On this rock Niels R Finsen carved his name as a youth. His achievement has etched it into the hearts of all."
Street Sculpture and Statues (1) The Merry Corner
Located in the middle of the central pedestrian area there is a fountain - with no water. It is a statue made from stainless steel depicting children dancing.
I thought that there was no water due to the season, however I am advised there is never any water flowing through it.
This obelisk, carved from basalt, was erected in 1882. It commemorates the visit of King Christian IX's visit to the Faroe Islands in 1874.
There is an excellent view to the town from this point. By the way do not be worried about the sheep.
Vesturkirkjan - the West Church
The statue in front of the church is that of Sigmundur Brestisson; who was the man that placed the Faroe Islands under Norwegian taxation. He also brought the Norwegian church is celebrated with this statue outside Vesturkirkjan.
The sculptor: Hans Pauli Olsen.
The chruch was consecrated in 1975, and was designed to look like a Faroese sailing boat. The church can be visited when the office is open - 16.00 to 17.30 on weekdays.
40 m tall, tallest building in the country.
Havnarkirkja (the harbour church)
The church is located at the base of Tinganes and was consecrated in 1788. It was initially renovated in 1865 and at the same time was enlarged, the original pulpit remains in place - in 1708 the church bell was rescued from the sinking Norske Løve. there are many historic items, but i can tell you that the church organ is from 1996.
Access to the church can be obatined by calling into the office, they operate between 16.30 - 18.00 Monday to Friday.
The touris bureau will advise you of summer concerts.
The Nordic House
The Nordic House in the Faroe islands has the aim of supporting and promoting Faroese and Nordic culture both locally and across the Nordic region. This is a very collaborative project - in 1977 a design competition was held, and 158 entries were received from across the Noridc region. The winners were Norway's Ola Steen and Iceland's Kollbrún Ragnarsdóttir. The opening took place on 8 May 1983. As a Nordic cultural centre the Directors have come from Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Iceland and Finland.
They operate a wonderful coffee shop with good coffee.
The lighthouse stands on a corner of the Skensin fort, built in 1580 to protect the harbor of Tórshavn, the capital of the Faroes.
Every ship arriving in the Faroes passes this light, making it the best known Faroe lighthouse. Located on a promontory on the east side of Tórshavn harbor, on the island of Streymoy. Site open, tower closed.
I visited this on a very wet and windy Friday afternoon. Well worth the visit though.
Visit the swimming hall
The facilities seem busy and have a mixed array of opening hours, they tend to be split between morning and afternoon. Check out the times on their website.
In addition to the swimming facilities they have a solarium and a cafeteria.
Havnar Bio - the Cinema is here!
The two screen complex is freindly and welcoming - some of the staff have better English than others. They show between 4 - 6 films each day; all in their original languages with subtitles.
Reasonably price - at the time of writing the costs ranged from 50 DKK to 80 DKK.
The National Theatre - GRÍMA - Gamla Meiaríið
I understand the National Theatre I have been told is only 5 years old or so at the time of writing (2008). I was given an outline of the performance that was taking place the eveningf I called in - 2 hours of Færoese, a monologue about the life of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf.
"Eg eri mín egna kona" eftir Doug Wright
"I am my own wife" by Doug Wright
I decided that two hours on sunday evening listening to a monolgue well acted or not was not my thing.