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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
Type: Historic Sites, Religious Sites
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The BORDERers
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29 reviews 29 reviews
10 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Amazing building - simple but awe inspiring at the same time. Beautifully looked after and without the commercial push that some cathedrals tend towards. Well worth a quiet hour of reflection whilst visiting Kirkwall.

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Northamptonshire
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58 reviews 58 reviews
23 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Absolutely brilliant - flower festival enhanced the magnificent building Royal Oak bell is on / near Roll of Honour / War memorial

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Adelaide, Australia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

St Magnus cathedral has a presence but a quiet simplicity that reflects it's age and history. Began in 1137, the cathedral links Orkney with it's Viking roots and the ancient Earls. The coloured pinkish stone gives a soft internal light to the cathedral.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

this great cathedral is a must see - notice especially the roof, constructed without 'polish' and all the better for it.

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Buxton, United Kingdom
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

As cathedrals go hid is ok. Don't think it is as good as York, Durham etc. was free however. The largest cruise ship I have ever seen was in town which meant the whole place was over run. May have enjoyed far more if this was not the case.

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Hampshire
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

Well worth a visit with an amazing history. We had a guide take us round who had amazing knowledge. The John Rae story was an interesting one.

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Berlin, Germany
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

This place has a wonderful atmosphere of the sacred. There are unusual monuments, and some very impressive glass.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

This is one of the most magnificent cathedrals we have seen. Even more impressive that is was built by the Vikings. Well worth a visit.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

A Scottish Protestant cathedral is never going to have the glitter of a. Catholic one or even the Church of England. An interesting historical building. There is a nice memorial to HMS Oak, which will make it a place to visit for those with an interest in Naval history,for instance. If you are in town, it is worth a visit... More

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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41 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Not too daunting in size but deceptive as so much to see. Gorgeous red brick outside making for super photos from all angles, but wait until you go inside! Wonderful surprise with so much to see and take in, allow plenty time to look around so you don't miss anything.

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