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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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  • What a wonderful place. A beautiful medieval cathedral with fascinating carvings and an interesting history. We only visited briefly but really loved it. 
  • St Magnus is the jewell in Orkneys crown! A truly wonderful building, so much history but the tour makes it all SO worth while. Fantastic views from the tower! 
  • On the day we visited there were large paintings being exhibited with religious meaning. Very good. There was a lot to see to get a better understanding of religious history in Orkney 
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  • 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.
  • Originally built in the 1100's by a Viking Earl, the front door and surrounding columns appear to still be the originals, and you can see how the stone has eroded over the years. Fascinating. It's also very impressive on the inside. No entry fee, so definitely worth a visit -- before or after a visit to the Earl's and Bishop's Palace (just around the corner).
  • Really lovely cathedral in the heart of Kirkwall. Original tombstones from the medieval era are preserved and translated inside.
  • The upper level & belfry tour is highly recommended. Terrific.
  • Nice to have a look, you won't need more than 15 minutes or so to see it all.