Kirkjubæjarklaustur has a long and interesting
 history. Irish hermits, “papar,” are believed to have lived there
 before the Norse settlement of Iceland. Tradition says that the area has always
 been inhabited by Christians, and that pagans were unwelcome. The
 9th century settler Ketill the Foolish made his home at Kirkjubæjarklaustur and much later, Hildir Eysteinsson from Meðalland, a pagan, attempted to move
 there. When he set foot on the estate, he fell down dead, and was 
buried in Hildishaugur (Hildir’s Mound), a rocky hillock just east of
 Kirkjubæjarklaustur. In 1186, a Benedictine convent was founded there and was active until disbanding during the Reformation in
 1550. Many local names and folk tales reflect the presence of the nuns 
and ecclesiastical history throughout the centuries.

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