Saint Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall

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Visit Saint Magnus Cathedral to see a fine example of Romanesque architecture. The Viking, Earl Rognvald, founded the Cathedral in 1137 in honor of his uncle St Magnus. From the outside of the "Light of the North," as the Cathedral is known, admire the sandstone construction. Centuries of weathering have given the site a charm rarely found at other cathedrals. Inside, check out the Stone Manson Marks from the Viking ages, the medieval dungeon, and the ball from the Royal Oak ship sunk by the Germans during World War II. The cathedral still hosts weekly services, weddings, and funerals, so confirm its availability to visitors before you come. For an especially memorable experience, find out when the choir's scheduled to perform. See Saint Magnus Cathedral and all Kirkwall has to offer by arranging your trip with our Kirkwall trip planning app .
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  • Was amazed that such a huge cathedral would be found in the Orkney Islands. The town of Kirkwall where it is located is also quite interesting - nice place for a coffee stop or for lunch. Go into the ...  more »
  • This place is awesome and if you visit on a Sunday for the service the congregation are so warm and friendly. The choir sounds like angels stunning acoustics. This place is steeped in history yet feel...  more »
  • Absolutely peaceful and worthy of a visit and a bit of contemplation. A lot of history connected to this Cathedral....  more »
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  • St Magnus is a lovely and peaceful place at the heart of Kirkwall. There are larger cathedrals in the UK, but the setting and Viking heritage give the it at atmosphere all of its own. For a local (and music), try the Reel.
  • A beautiful old church grand yet still friendly with a wonderful history.
  • Lovely peaceful place to visit. Astounding weathering around the carved entrance.
  • Very beautiful place with lots of interesting facts
  • You can't visit Orkney without visiting the Cathedral. Built by the Vikings over 850 years ago the building is steeped in history with lots to see. Just be respectful as this church is still used for weddings and funerals.

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