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Saint Magnus Cathedral
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$78.30*
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Orkney Islands Day Trip from John O'Groats
Ranked #1 of 26 things to do in Kirkwall
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Owner description: 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.
Montreal, Canada
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“beautiful”
Reviewed March 27, 2013

Beautiful Cathedral in the heart of Kirkwall. So much history inside the Cathedral, take a good look.

Visited March 2013
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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“Beautiful Sandstone Cathedral”
Reviewed March 18, 2013

Loved the St Magnus Cathedral. Great place to go and relax and take a timeout. I spent a good hour here looking at the old and interesting parts of the Cathedral. It is a pity that the Earl and Bishops palace was not open as they look great from outside.

Visited March 2013
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“wonderful viking cathedral”
Reviewed March 17, 2013

this is still in use as a church every Sunday and is used for weddings, funerals and many other occasions. The stained glass windows are beautiful and the chapel at the rear of the cathedral has gorgeous wood carving which was done by a local man. Well worth visiting It is almost 900 years old.

Visited March 2013
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Warrington, United Kingdom
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“A wonderful, quirky historically fascinating cathedral”
Reviewed March 9, 2013

This is a must-visit for any history enthusiasts. It's a wonderful building, with an interesting history, and its curator is passionate & a mine of information on the place. Do stop by (for a tour if you can) if you're in Kirkwall, or indeed on the Mainland of Orkney.

Visited October 2012
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“Beautifully serene”
Reviewed February 27, 2013

Called in here without planning which was unfortunate as the cathedral does tours of the upper floors on Tues and thurs, so if I'd have done some research we could have come a day earlier and done a proper tour. Ah well! The cathedral has some lovely displays - there is a nice history of the founding of the building done in pictures by school children from Arran (I think?). A lot of the grave markers inside are very 'death' orientated with carvings of skulls and similar symbolism - I haven't seen that in a British cathedral before.
Very peaceful inside, plenty of parking and coffee shops nearby!

Visited February 2013
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