St Magnus Cathedral (Orkney, Scotland) Reviews
Description:Address: Kirkwall / Mainland / Orkney Islands / Scotland / United Kingdom
Newest Review: ... the many that have been preserved and are on display within the Cathedral are some of the finest - and the earliest - I have seen. But as I left, I could not help noticing a sign advertising guided tours to the upper levels of the Cathedral, subject to pre-booking, at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Each tour accommodates just five people, costs £5.50 each and takes around 1 ... more
Customer St Magnus Cathedral (Orkney, Scotland) Reviews (2)
by - written on 09/10/10 (Very useful, 75 readings)
St. Magnus' Cathedral in Kirkwall, Orkney is a must-see when visiting these wonderful islands. Its magnificent red sandstone presence dominates the town making it hard to miss. Now, I'm not a religious person, nor am I at all knowledgeable on Church history or architecture, but a building of this beauty and stature just cries out to be investigated more closely. And so I found myself drawn through it's doors on a recent (September 2010) visit to the island. Though not large in Cathedral terms, I was immediately impressed by the magnificent interior, and some of the wonderful stained glass windows. I love looking through Churchyards and ... Read the complete review
by - written on 26/07/10 (Very useful, 59 readings)
St Magnus Cathedral is located right in the heart of Kirkwall, Orkney, visible from all around the town. Founded in 1137 by the Viking Earl Rognvald, nephew of St Magnus, it is a red-coloured building, built primarily from sandstone. It is an impressive building from outside, yet somehow understated. It isn't beautiful in the conventional sense, yet it is perfectly suited to Orkney. It is rather squat, unlike so many cathedrals, particularly English ones, which seem to soar elegantly towards the sky. St Magnus Cathedral hunkers down as if to better fend off the elements and the strong Orkney winds. For several days, every time I saw it, it felt familiar, as ... Read the complete review
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