Saint Mary’s Church
Not far from Tórshavn centre and near the plantation, you will find the catholic church, Mariukirkjan. It was inaugurated in 1987. Prior to this, the church was a part of the Saint Francis School, closer to town.
In the entrance is a fragmented-glass artwork by the Danish artist, Svend Havsteen-Mikkelsen. Architect Arni Winther designed the church and its interior. Tróndur Patursson made the glasswork. He designed and painted the glass-stained windows and the altarpiece. The altarpiece is an interpretation of Jesus showing his wounds. The glasswork to the right depicts an open, Faroese fishing boat with a crew in rough seas. Jesus is standing next to the boat: ‘And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea’ (Matthew 14:25).
There is a wooden carving of the Virgin Mary in the church, made by the Faroese artist, Ole Jacob Nielsen. The carving is a replica of a carving on the famous richly-carved fifteenth-century Kirkjubø benches from Ólavskirkjan in Kirkjubø, which now can be seen at the Faroe Islands National Museum.
The church is open everyday from 8am. to 8pm. All who wish to enjoy the beauty, art and architecture and/or spend time in quiet and solitude are very welcome.