St. Magnus Church

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St. Magnus Church
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The St. Magnus Church is a Church ruins on the Scottish Orkney island Egilsay . The structure is classified as a Scheduled Monument .


A church has been at this location since 1115 at the latest. In that year Magnus Erlendsson , who together with Haakon Pállsson bore the title of Earl of Orkney , was murdered by Haakon in front of or in this church and was henceforth considered a martyr due to the circumstances. Magnus, after whom St. Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall is named, was canonized in 1136. The St. Magnus Church on Egilsay was probably built after this year, but it dates back to the 12th century. It was used until the middle of the 19th century and is now only preserved as a ruin.


The church is located near the northwest coast of Egilsay in the middle of a surrounding cemetery. It consists of a 19.2 m × 6.6 m long nave with a round tower adjoining the gable. The masonry made of quarry stone has been preserved in full. In the west, two door openings with round arches face each other on the eaves. The gables are made as a stepped gable . The tower has a diameter of 2.45 m and tapers to about two meters. Today it is preserved up to a height of 15 m, but once measured 19 m.

Individual evidence

  1. a b c Scheduled Monument - entry . In: Historic Scotland .
  2. a b Listed Building - Entry . In: Historic Scotland .
  3. Entry on St. Magnus Church  in Canmore, the database of Historic Environment Scotland (English)

Web links

Commons : St. Magnus Church  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Coordinates: 59 ° 9 '24.9 "  N , 2 ° 56' 7.1"  W.