September 26, 2010

Wood Church, Greenland

Photograph by Peter Essick, National Geographic

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Erik the Red killed a man in Iceland over a trifle and worshipped Norse gods until the end, but at Qassiarsuk (above), site of his Greenland farm, there is a replica of the tiny wood church he built for his wife, who converted to Christianity. A wall kept out the livestock.

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