Landnamsgaarden

Narsaq, Greenland

People have lived in the current Narsaq area for thousands of years, but not continuously. Remains of the Norse settlement can be found in the area. The church ruins of Dyrnes can be found on the north-western outskirts of the town. The Landnám homestead, Landnamsgaarden, can be found immediately to the west of the town. Dated to the year 1000, the homestead is among the oldest of the Norse ruins in the area. The wider Narsaq area has some of the most striking Norse artefacts and ruins. Erik the Red's Brattahlid is located in present-day Qassiarsuk, and the Gardar bishop seat is in present-day Igaliku.

Present day Narsaq was founded as Nordprøven ('North Prøven') in 1830, distinguishing it from Sydprøven established the same year. The initial settlement was founded as a trading colony of Qaqortoq, then named Julianehaab.

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Founded: 1000 AD
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in Greenland

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