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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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Perth, Scotland
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46 reviews 46 reviews
13 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

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 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

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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Chicago, Illinois
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29 reviews 29 reviews
10 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Stopped in Kirkwall on our way from St. Margaret's Hope to Stromness. We had read a little about the Cathedral but were surprised at its size and beauty. Would recommend a visit.

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Oslo, Norway
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36 reviews 36 reviews
15 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Stunning cathedral with loads of history and some days they have guided tours of the upper levels and people around to help you find out about the history. It lies in the middle of town and well worth a visit.

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Horsham, United Kingdom
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43 reviews 43 reviews
26 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Impressive and spiritually evocative, this amazing piece of architecture holds little-known historical significance concerning our Nordic heritage

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Inverness, United Kingdom
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39 reviews 39 reviews
3 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Well worth a quick visit to learn more about the history of the islands. It would be lovely to attend a service in the cathedral.

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traveling cat
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242 reviews 242 reviews
141 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Go on a Tuesday and be sure to sign up ahead of time for the guided tour to the upper parts of the cathedral. We climbed around in the "loft" and climbed up over the clock into the bell tower and then you can walk outside onto the balcony. What a fantastic time. And the Cathedral has great history in... More

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South West Scotland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

If you like Cathedrals this one is good for a visit. There is a short video in the nearby visitor centre and it is like most cathedrals steeped in history but unlike most others in the UK this one is steeped in Viking history. Well worth a visit.

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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We visited the St Magnus Cathedral as part of a group tour and shore excursion. We really enjoyed our visit and would recommend seeing this magnificent Viking cathedral to everyone.

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San Francisco, California
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31 reviews 31 reviews
11 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Dark red sandstone cathedral is a striking landmark of Kirkwall. Interesting sepulchral art with some twists (great antique skull/crossbone sculptures!). A visiting painting exhibit by a Swedish artist gave me a new appreciation of some of the old stories. We happened to be able to return one night for a viola concert; sunset/western sun on stained glass created a pattern... More

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