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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. Put Saint Magnus Cathedral at the forefront of your travel plans using our Kirkwall vacation generator.
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  • For such a small city, this is an impressive cathedral. Coloured sandstone gives the building warmth, and the interior is inviting. It is a beautiful building. There is a statue of John Rae, physician...  more »
  • While this is truly a gorgeous cathedral, it is much plainer than the Catholic cathedrals with which I am more familiar. Hard to believe it was built almost 1,000 years ago.  more »
  • Certainly wirth a visit to this wonderful building... really interesting architecture and paintngs/tapestries. I loved the freedom to wander in peace without 'help' from a guide but found the 'friends...  more »
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  • 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.
  • This cathedral is enormous and well worth a visit when in Kirkwall. It dominates the skyline of the town.
  • It's really worth your time
  • Impressive Romanesque cathedral, a good place to visit.
  • My friend and I were up at a funeral in this lovely Cathedral and I had the privilege of reading one of my friends poems it was a wonderful experience and a magnificent Cathedral. The minister June gave an excellent sermon and it was clear she knew all about the lady that had passed . The cathedral it's self, is just overwhelming.

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