Munkathvera church,

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This church belongs to the Laugaland benefice of the Eyjafiord deanery.  The vague sources concerning this church site lead to believe that a church was built there shortly after the acceptance of Christianity.  A monastery of the Benedictine Order was established there in 1155 and was abolished, when the nation was reformed in 1550.

The present church was built of wood in 1844 and seats 160 people.  An altarpiece of alabaster (1425) decorated the former churches.  It was sold to the National Museum of Denmark, when the new church was completed.  The outside of the church has been restored considerably and a vestry was built on the premises.
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