St. Magnus Cathedral

This magnificent Cathedral is in the centre of Kirkwall, once on the seashore but now a little inland. It was built by the some of the same team who built Durham Cathedral which we have also visited.

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St. Magnus was murdered for political reasons but his grave became known for miracles and in 1137 his uncle commenced building the cathedral to house his remains.

A few years ago I read a book on a great arctic explorer named John Rae who was born in the Orkneys. “Fatal Passage: The story of John Rae, the Arctic hero time forgot.”

His mausoleum is in this cathedral which was a nice find.

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Opposite the cathedral is a great museum detailing Orkney history, well worth a visit.