The Lutheran mission was originally based on Kangeq Island at the head of the fjord but was moved to the mainland and christened Godthaab by the royal governor Claus Paarss in 1728. This was some way from New Hernnhut, but the communities were eventually joined and, though the main settlement was the Moravians', it took the name of the Danish colony. The mission itself was surrendered to the Lutheran Church of Denmark in 1900.
Today, it is part of the Nuuk Centrum district, located in the southwestern part of the town, facing the Nuup Kangerlua fjord. Several historical buildings are located in Old Nuuk:
Church of our Savior, the Lutheran Nuuk Cathedral (Annaassisitta Oqaluffia)