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Viking Erik the Reds Greenland estate Brattahlid

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Description: BrattahlÝ­ (anglicised as Brattahlid) was Erik the Red's estate in the Eastern Settlement Viking colony he established in south-western Greenland toward the end of the 10th century. The present settlement of Qassiarsuk, about 5 km (3 mi) from the community of Narsarsuaq, is now located in its place. It is about 96 km (60 mi) from the ocean, at the head of a fjord, and hence sheltered from ocean storms. Erik and his descendants lived there until late in the 15th century. The name Brattahlid means "the steep slope".

At BrattahlÝ­ stood probably the first church in the New World: Ůjˇ­hildarkirkja (Thjodhild's church, actually a small chapel). A recent reconstruction of this chapel now stands at a distance from the actual site, along with a replica of a Norse longhouse. (Erik himself did not profess Christianity, but according to legend his wife, Ůjˇ­hildur, converted him on his deathbed.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brattahl%C3%AD%C3%B0

http://www.archaeology.org/online/features/greenland/


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