The Building of the Cathedral
The Norse Cathedral
The Usage of the Cathedral in History
The Usage of the Cathedral Today
The Art of the Cathedral
Behind the Scenes in the Cathedral
Famous Orcadians & Others With Links
Eastern limb from the south - SMC133
This picture shows the choir and presbytery of St Magnus Cathedral from the south. Above the aisle roof and below the main roof is the clerestory. The upper third of the clerestory wall is constructed of pale yellow stone.
The difference in stone colour shows that changes were made to the design of the presbytery and choir before they were completed. The clerestory wall was heightened to allow the ceiling of the Cathedral to be vaulted.
Vaulting is a roofing technique which uses arches. St Magnus Cathedral and St Andrews Cathedral were the only two mediaeval cathedrals in Scotland to have high vaulted ceilings.