Medieval Turf House and Church

Illustration

Irina-Maria Manea
by Jan Vrsinsky
published on 14 December 2021

Medieval turf house and church in Iceland.

The Icelandic turf farmstead has developed from the longhouse, a Northern European tradition. As their name suggests, turf is one of the main materials used for its construction. Timber is used for the structure, turf is laid to form the thick walls and as a cover for the roof. Sometimes stones are used for the walls. The longhouse traditionally housed all the necessary functions. The double-pitched roof was supported by inside posts and covered with turf. The entrance was placed on the longitudinal side of the house. The outer walls were made entirely of turf and sometimes stone.

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