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General view.

SC 793785

Description General view.

Date 5/1962

Catalogue Number SC 793785

Category On-line Digital Images

Copy of O 494

Scope and Content St Magnus Cathedral, Broad Street, Kirkwall, Orkney Islands St Magnus Cathedral was founded in 1127, but was not fully completed until the late 15th century at the earliest. Built in a Romanesque style the cathedral was begun at the east end. The west end of the church (right), which faces onto Broad Street, was finished in the 13th century. The tower dates to the early 14th century, and the spire dates to 1916 when the previous spire was replaced. The cathedral was restored both in the mid-19th century and in the early 20th century. The Orkneyinga Saga, written in the 12th century, records that Earl Rognvald, founder of the cathedral, was advised by his father, Kol, to 'build a stone minster at Kirkwall more magnificent than any in Orkney', and to 'have it dedicated to your uncle the holy Earl Magnus and provide it with all the funds it will need to flourish'. Orkney, which lies about 9.6km north of Scotland, consists of a group of about 70 islands, 20 of which are inhabited. The biggest island is known as Mainland. Three-quarters of the population of the islands live on Mainland and it is also where the two main towns of Orkney, Kirkwall and Stromness, are situated. Source: RCAHMS contribution to SCRAN.


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