Old Nuuk

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Old Nuuk may refer to several neighborhoods of Nuuk, the capital of Greenland.

A portrait of the New Herrnhut mission around 1770.

The Lutheran mission was originally based on Hope Island at the head of the fjord but was moved to the mainland and christened Godthaab by the royal governor Claus Paarss in 1728.

Dotted with prefabricated, single-family houses, the neighborhood is also host to two of the oldest cemeteries and the Kalaaliaraq Market.

Today, it is part of the Nuuk Centrum district,[1] located in the southwestern part of the town, facing the Nuup Kangerlua fjord. Several historical buildings are located in Old Nuuk:

The Queen Ingrid's Hospital separates Nuuk Centrum and the other old part of Nuuk, the Noorliit area.

Noorliit was formerly the site of the Moravian mission of New Herrnhut (German: Neu-Herrnhut; Danish: Nye-Hernhut). The missionaries Matthaeus Stach, Christian Stach, and Christian David arrived in 1733 and had won enough converts to formally established the settlement in 1747.[2] It was named for the community established by the Count of Zinzendorf at Berthelsdorf in Saxony which became the center of the Moravian Church. The Moravian Brethren Mission House was raised the same year and was the first church to be constructed in Greenland (at that point, the Lutheran mission at Godthaab used a chapel within the main house).

The two missions operated differently and functioned as two separate settlements until the Moravian mission left Greenland in 1900.[3]

View from Herrnhut House
View from the Moravian Brethren Mission House to the east-south-east

Coordinates: 64°10′50″N 51°44′30″W / 64.18056°N 51.74167°W / 64.18056; -51.74167


  1. ^ "Lokalplaner og kommuneplantillæg for Nuuk" (in Danish). Sermersooq Municipality, Official Website. Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 13 July 2010.
  2. ^ Brown, William. The History of Missions: Or, Of the Propagation of Christianity Among the Heathen, Since the Reformation. B. Coles V.D.M., 1816.
  3. ^ Wittman, P. "Greenland". The Catholic Encyclopedia. Robert Appleton Co. (New York), 1909. Accessed 28 Apr 2012.