Magnus Cathedral is the only medieval Scottish
cathedral to have survived intact, and has been
described as ‘the crown of the Northern Isles’.
monument to Scotland’s heritage, it is a classic sight.
The cathedral, made of sandstone, was founded by
the Norseman Jarl Rognvald in 1137 in memory of his
uncle St Magnus, who had been murdered by a rival 20
polychrome stonework, yellow and red, is said to be the best
of its age in Britain. St Magnus has a number of small commemorative
plaques, too, including one in memory of the men who perished
on HMS Royal Oak when it was sunk during the Second World War.
Another bears the name of Edwin Muir, the poet.
method of ringing the cathedral bells, known as
‘clocking’, has Norse links and is said to be unique
the United Kingdom.
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