St Magnus Plaque - SMC240

The primary reason for the construction of St Magnus Cathedral, according to the Orkneyinga Saga, was to provide a resting place, and shrine, for the relics of St Magnus.

Apart from the magnificent building, almost nothing remains of the shrine to St Magnus. What does survive are the relics of St Magnus and the simple wooden box that held them in their hiding place.

The relics were hidden during the Reformation and the shrine dismantled or destroyed. A small plaque, and incised cross, marks the final resting place of St Magnus in the south square pier of the choir. It is immediately to the south of where St Magnus's shrine would have been.

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