St. Magnus Cathedral
Broad St, Kirkwall KW15 1NX, UK
St. Magnus CathedralIt may not be surprising that one of the few medieval cathedrals to survive the enthusiastic cultural cleansing of the Reformation would be on a fairly remote island. Unfortunately, many of the relics did not survive as well as the architecture did. Magnus was a pious Norwegian earl, killed by a cousin who later became king. When miracles began shortly after his burial, this martyr was venerated as a saint. In 1137, his nephew—a crusader called Rognvald—successfully lobbied for the construction of this cathedral in honor of his uncle.