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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  • So beautiful, inside and out. Every nook has beautiful artwork or an interesting story. The surrounding cemetery is also cool. Definitely worth a stop! If you go to the St. Magnus Centre behind the Ca...  more »
  • The 12th century cathedral is the oldest in Scotland, built in a Romanesque style with the remains of St. Magnus and the graves of prominent natives of the Orhei Islands are obligatory to visit.
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  • Absolutely magnificent Cathedral-a 'must see' when visiting Orkney.
  • What a stunning place to visit and very interesting history. Please go visit and show support.
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