Reconstruction of a Saint

St. Magnus has been given a make over. Our local hero/Icon/poster boy is looking remarkably good for someone who was violently killed in the `12th Century.  Using modern techniques, his face has been reconstructed from photographs taken of his remains. The bones were found during renovation work on the cathedral in the 1920s and have long since been reinterred in the building.

HIs monument is the magnificent cathedral in Kirkwall. This astonishing building never fails to impress our visitors and is a must for anyone coming to Orkney.  A display in the cathedral explains who Magnus was and how he came to meet his grisly end, as well as why he was made a saint.

Orkney’s major international Arts festival in June is also named after St Magnus.

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