Sunday…. So off to Church

Saint Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall, Orkney Isles, Scotland

Whilst doing my end of year sort out of 2022 images, various images refreshed my memory of events and places that made a big impression.

I have visited many beautiful, majestic and dramatic Cathedrals and Churches over the years,,,, each one very different in atmosphere and character., each one a memory worth saving.

St. Magnus Cathedral left its memory mark this last year.  A mix of Red Sandstone and three different architectural styles used in its 300 year construction make it distinctive.  But the real visual surprise for me was just how much bigger it appeared inside than out.

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Despite high windows, and on a sunny day, the Red Stonework and skilfully crafted woodwork gave it a darker impression than expected… all adding to its drama.

Perhaps I should add that our visit was the day before the Funeral of Queen Elizabeth ll, a time and event not to be forgotten and the perfect place to pay one’s own respects.


For those who like to know a little of the history the Cathedral was ordered to be built by William of Old Bishop of Norway. (from a time when the Orkneys were Norse).  The date often quoted is 1137, but I suspect it was built on a site of religious significance.  Then of course we have to allow for the 300 plus years of construction, with 3 different Architect’s –  why so long?  Well, the simple answer we are told is that they ran out of money. !  Now does that sound familiar 🙂

Reflecting on the past year or planning for the future this weekend….. as always….

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

15th January

(C) David Oakes 2023


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