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Saint Magnus Cathedral

Broad Street, Kirkwall KW15 1NX, Scotland
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Ranked #1 of 8 Attractions in Kirkwall
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Historic Sites, Religious Sites
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Calgary
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Great free local attraction. Steeped in history. It's rare you get to walk around unfettered in a historical location like this. Worth the stop.

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Barre, Vermont
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38 reviews 38 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

Cathedrals are interesting to me but not a huge deal. I quite enjoyed walking around and looking at various bits of this place. It was pleasant and quiet, and some of the inscriptions on the crypts were intriguing and made me wish I could know more about the individuals buried there. The architecture, windows, and details were interesting, though not... More

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Christchurch, United Kingdom
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52 reviews 52 reviews
25 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

Many churches are beautiful but have no soul or sense of spirit! St Magnus' is a lovely cathedral with subdued lighting and has a really peaceful atmosphere (which is ironic if you hear the story of St Magnus himself). I love going in here as it transcends the hatred of the modern world of religious fundamentalism.

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FERNANDINA BEACH
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84 reviews 84 reviews
28 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 NEW

Found the cathedral interesting, and truly enjoyed the Orcadians celebration of engagements with the Blackening of the bride-to-be and the groom-to-be.

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Mytholmroyd, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 NEW

When I walked into the cathedral it took my breath away. It's very beautiful, and very unusual, because it's constructed of different coloured sandstones, so it's unlike any other cathedral I've seen. The stained glass is wonderful. There are many gravestones arranged around the walls, having been moved from the aisles. It's amazing to think that this cathedral is almost... More

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Inverness, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

This Cathedral is the best church I have ever visited. It is warm, with it's sandstone walls and friendly atmosphere. The stained glass is just beautiful and the head stones say such lovely things.We especially love the many skull and cross bones. The gargoyles on the roof are excellent, I would love some on my house !

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Bourne, United Kingdom
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89 reviews 89 reviews
60 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

This is an example of a wonderful old cathedral built of sandstone and full of charm. If you are in Kirkwall it's well worth spending an hour here.

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Stirling, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

well presented, clean tidy cathedral, stunning architecture, just enough information to be interesting without becoming boring

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Perth, Scotland
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46 reviews 46 reviews
13 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

We were lucky enough to visit the Cathedral just before 4 coaches disgorged their occupants. It was very peaceful and we were able to wander round at will. All around the external walls are medieval grave stones and those in medieval English have been translated into modern English. The Cathedral is the dominant building in Kirkwall and its red sandstone... More

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San Francisco
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

This cathedral has an amazing history.- built by a Norse Earl in honor of another Norse Earl, St. Magnus. It is very old and very beautiful and the atmosphere inside is quite spiritual

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