Category Archives: History

Appropriately named. The historic farm of Mýrar – plural of Mýri, meaning ‘bog’ in Icelandic – lies on the edge of Dýrafjörður in the Westfjords region of Iceland. It is the birthplace of Þórdís, mother of the nation’s independence pioneer Jón Sigurðsson. This area is a major breeding ground for eider ducks.      

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Founded in 1581. The Church of Salvador do Mundo in Loutolim, Goa, was built by the Jesuits in 1586 in the Mannerist Neo-Roman style (vide The Parish Churches of Goa by José Lourenço, Amazing Goa Publications, 2005). Due to the lack of sufficient clearance between the façade and the street in front of it, it […]

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Historic. The home of Goddess Morjai is part of the cluster of Goan Hindu temples distinguished by their kaavi (sgraffito) embellishments. Located in the beautiful eponymous village of Morjim in north Goa, this seat of worship is ancient although the main structure seen today was first rebuilt 80-100 years ago. These photographs were collected over […]

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Gleðileg Jól, Feliz Natal, Merry Christmas! Þorgeirskirkja is new (2000) but its location is of historic significance to the Icelandic nation. Around 1000 AD, the pagan chieftain Þorgeir, who lived here on Ljósavatn farm, consummated Iceland‘s adoption of Christianity by tossing idols of the Norse gods into the nearby Goðafoss (“Waterfall of the Gods”).   […]

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Birthplace of Iceland’s beloved hero. Hrafnseyri is best known as the birthplace of Jón Sigurðsson, the pioneer of Iceland‘s independence movement. This ancient parsonage and farm on Arnarfjörður has an even earlier history. It is named after Hrafn Sveinbjarnarson who lived around the 13th C, and is said to be the first trained doctor in […]

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