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Saint Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall

Categories: Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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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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  • Sr Magnus is Scotland's only wholly medieval cathedral. IA principal factor shaping its distinctive appearance is the pattern of polychromatic sandstone across its construction. The alternates compris...  read more »
  • A beautiful cathedral, established in 1157, both the interior and exterior were beautiful. Wonderful guides available to explain all sorts of things, including the standing grave markers which were se...  read more »
  • Massive columns inside all built with red sandstone. Very peaceful. Stain glass windows were beautiful. 
  • Luckily I had read the book - Earl's of Orkney. Sections of the book guided me through the cathedral enriching the experience. I loved it.
  • Really lovely, beautiful peaceful space in Kirkwall. Highly recommend, right in the centre of town, many cafe's and shops in the area
  • Incredibly beautiful stained glass windows
  • Stunning, simply stunning.
  • Nice to have a look, you won't need more than 15 minutes or so to see it all.
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