Church site and important farm in ancient and more recent times. Among the leading figures in Icelandic history born there was the saga hero Víga-Glúmur (Killer-Glúmur).

A monastery was on the site from 1155 until the Reformation in 1550. The present church was built in 1844. The cemetery is said to contain the bodies of people from the Sturlung clan who died at the battle of Örlygsstadir in 1238. There is also a statue of the last Catholic bishop, Jón Arason (1484-1550), who studied at the monastery.

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