Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Kirk Andreas (St Andrew)

History

Kirk Andreas church is located in St Andrew. Built in 1802 from Sulby Glen stone. A bell tower was added to the main building in 1869.
Crosses of the Norse period also some celtic explames including outstanding examples of figures subjects with runic inscriptions. sigurd roasting the dragon's heart Gunnar bound in the worms pit and the Fenis wolf devouring Odin typify scenes from Norse mythology while the other face of thorwald's cross shows the coming of Christanity Sandulf's cross is complete and its carving well preserved.

Location

The village of Andreas can be found in the north of the island.
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By Vehicle:
Drive to the north of the Island and into the village of Andreas. There are many roads to choose from. The church lies in a corner with two entrances from the road. One from the village centre and the other from the A9.

By Bus:
The village of Andreas is serviced by bus routes no. 17, 17A, 18, 18A, 20, and 20A from Ramsey. Ramsey is serviced by Douglas, Laxey, and Peel by bus routes no. 3, 3A, 3B, 3C, X3, 5, 5A, 6, 6A, and X5.

By Railway:
Take the Steam railway to Douglas. Take the Electric Railway to Ramsey. From Ramsey the bus routes no. 17, 17A, 18, 18A, 20, and 20A will have to be taken in order to get up to Andreas.

The Site

  • Church
  • Crosses
  • Graveyard
Fafni's Bane
Sigurd cooking the dragon heart. "Sigurd roasting the dragon's heart and sucking his fingers"

Thorwald's Cross-Slab
A scene from the Great Battle of Ragnarok."a belted figure, bearing a book and a cross, trampling on a serpent. Alongside is a fish (an early symbol of Christianity)"

Sandulf's Cross-Slab
"10th century cross-slab, outstanding in its use of animal decoration on both faces. The runic inscription on an edge of the slab reads "Sandulf the black erected this cross to the memory of Arinbiorg his wife"

UNKNOWN STONE
A Celtic Huntsman can be seen on a stone.

UNKNOWN STONE
Picture of Odin armed with a spear and being bitten on the foot by a beast. This image is like that on the Ledberg Stone in Ostergotland, which has carvings on three sides. A helmeted warrior (Odin?) is being bitten on the foot by a beast (Wolf, Fenrir?) .


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