At Kirkwall, on Mainland Orkney, stands the most northern Cathedral in Britain. Dedicated to Saint Magnus, the Cathedral, built upon a low hill, dominates the Royal Burgh of Kirkwall and surrounds. The very name of Kirkwall reflects the importance of the Cathedral…. the Norse name for the Town, “Kirkjuvagr” translates to Church on the Bay.
It is believed that construction of St. Magnus was started around 1137. However, it took over 300 years to be completed, lack of money caused work to halt. Three different architects were to be involved in the design and supervision of the construction. Built from Red and Yellow sandstone the building is dramatic in appearance and close inspection reveals the influence of time and the change of architects.
Within the Cathedral the Viking influence is easily seen, beautiful intricate wood carvings.
So, let’s take a quick tour….
Sunday…. traditionally a day to relax, enjoy but as always…
Please Remember ….
Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other
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