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Saint Magnus Cathedral

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Address: Broad Street, Kirkwall KW15 1NX, Scotland
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St Magnus Cathedral, built from red and yellow sandstone, is of...

St Magnus Cathedral, built from red and yellow sandstone, is of international significance. This ‘fine minster’ took about 300 years to build, the foundations starting in 1137. It was dedicated to Magnus Erlendsson, Earl of Orkney. He shared the earldom with his cousin, Haakon Paulsson, but jealousy and greed culminated in Magnus being martyred on the island of Egilsay.

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Architecture and History: An Amazing Cathedral,

Give yourself lots of time here. There is so much to see. Just reading some of the wall plaques added to the history I was learning of the Cathedral and the Island. Some very... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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Concord, Massachusetts
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Concord, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Give yourself lots of time here. There is so much to see. Just reading some of the wall plaques added to the history I was learning of the Cathedral and the Island. Some very interesting and well known people are buried here . This is a site I returned to our last day in Orkney. Just had to see it... More 

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Inverness, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This is an enormous beautiful Cathedral and well worth a visit. I believe the roof top tours are now opening again for Easter, so I will definitely be taking one of these tours during my next visit to Orkney. Lovely.

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Somehow managed to be impressive and warm and cosy. Impressive stained glass windows btnsuch a warmth with the shapes and layout and red stones.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It's my own ignorance but until I found myself in Kirkwall I had no idea that it possessed a Romanesque cathedral of such magnificence, built by the stonemasons who built Durham Cathedral. Take one of the quided tours (about £5.00) of the upper floors,t climb the tower and get a history lesson and bird's eye view of the town.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was just one stop on our lovely tour of Orkney with Carrie of "See Orkney". Loved reading the old tombstones and learning the history of St. Magnus.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Closed during lunchtime so not ideal since that's the time I was free. Just managed a quick look around after 2pm and it's a lovely cathedral! Some souvenirs (bookmarks, notebooks etc.) could be purchased inside as well.

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Thank Areej A
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The past, present and future meet within these walls. Far, far more than an historic building.... in the heart of the community and at the community'service heart

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The cathedral is like a museum - it's very old and a clear reminder of the great age of Orkney civilization. You could sit here for hours absorbing the mood of the place - unforgettable.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

A good place for a stop off and a mooch around. A surprisingly magnificent building for such a small place. The stained glass is gorgeous. No upper floor tours currently but I believe they are worth the visit if available.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2017

There is so much to see in the Cathedral and is accessible to Disabled people through a side entrance. Also has toilets in side. The staff are available for questions/advice. For those with a attachment to HMS Royal Oak or just a general interest, there is a memorial book in a glass cabinet under the bell from HMS Royal Oak... More 

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