The Orkneys (Orkney Islands in English) are an archipelago located at the north of Scotland. This archipelago counts 67 slightly undulating islands, from which 16 only are inhabited. The 20.000 Orcadiens live for the majority on the principal island, Mainland, in the towns of Kirkwall and Stromness.

The language spoken in these islands remained the old man norrois (language derived from the old Scandinavian) until about 1750, before being replaced by English. This Scandinavian heritage remains very marked today still, in the Orkneys as in Shetlands.

Therefore, not easy to include/understand these people, adorable, very accessible, smiling and glad to live such a beautiful country. The accent makes me think of that of Berrichons in France, sauce English.

Orcades_006While arriving in Kirkwall, one cannot miss the cathedral, visible by far.
The cathedral Magnus saint is a primitive mixture of the styles Romance and Gothic. The first construction perhaps seen in the enclosure of the chorus, towards the transepts and the Eastern nave.


Orcades_015There are strong chances so that the transverse pillars were built well later, this suggesting that the replacement of an older tower would have required work of reinforcement.

The construction of the XII ème century ended in an apse towards the east and two twin towers would have been built western side with a few 9 meters on the side east of the principal frontage.
Another theory that the construction of the turns would have been envisaged, but is ever succeeded.

Orcades_037At the beginning of XIII ème century, the building was increased towards the east. This construction is currently the vault dedicated to Saint Rognvald and is of a construction harder than former construction though same architectural simplicity was preserved. More recent work can see with the western extrème building. Certain arguments carry to believe that the low part of the frontage would have been further away from the current frontage, forming a kind of porch before being joined to the principal body of the church to the XIV ème century.

Orcades_060The cathedral was thus founded in 1137 by the count Rognvald-Kali, nephew of the count Magnus. It is dedicated to Magnus and also conceals its bones.

Orcades_088Who was Saint Magnus? It inherited the Norwegian county of Orkney with the Co-regency of his cousin, the count Haakon Paulson.
The two cousins fought for the capacity. In 1116, they considered an approach of peace and decided to meet on the ïle of Egilsay. The count Haakon did not make honor with the contract. It was agreed that each part was to be provided with only one boat and approximately about thirty men. Haakon arrived with a fleet of 8 boats and approximately 300 armed men.

Orcades_102Indicator celà, Magnus was acknowledged lost and required grace, which was not granted. Rather than to even carry out Magnus him, Haakon ordered with its personal cook to provide for the fixed price and Magnus was assassinated for the “good of peace in the Orkneys”. After its death, the stories and legends of the holiness of Magnus took a great importance and when Rongvald-Kali accepted the county of the Orkneys, after the demise of Haakon in the years 1120, it asked protection and divine council his famous martyrized uncle and also promised to build a large divine solid stone building with its memory.


Magnus and Rognvald were sanctified and their layers are forever in the two pillars being close to the chorus.


Orcades_049On the level of energies, the cathedral is well posed on an important crossing. One needs remark the trefoil arches out of rafters, which assemble energy well passing in the building.


I have the impression that it is double, of the coupled figures facing being posed on each pillar. A dragon drawing the language is also posed in full nave, with the eyes of all. Energy, per moment, is triple, which one sees on the rafters and what is indicated on the door.Orcades_052


The waste-gas mains outsides are successful enough. Always the same Romance symbolic system, presents everywhere.


When with the pillars, I did not feel determining vibrations… This was Magnus as holy as one wants to make us well believe it, or its bones they are elsewhere?

Orcades_075Orcades_033Presence of éclatoirs a little everywhere, lightening as one needs the powerful energy of this ground of north.

Considering also the representation of Cernnunos on a tomb stone…