Grand Tour Of Scotland: Exploring Orkney #222

Day 7: 17 August 2019 ~ Kirkwall – Bishops Palace

Bishops Palace, Kirkwall, Orkney, Scotland
  • Location: Bishops and Earls Palaces, Kirkwall, Orkney, Scotland
  • Date Taken: 2019-08-17
  • Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
  • Lens: Canon Zoom Lens EF-S 18-200 mm F/3-5.6 IS
  • Exposure Program: Manual
  • F-Stop: f/5
  • Exposure Time: 1/1000 sec
  • ISO Speed: ISO-400
  • Focal Length: 70 mm
  • Metering Mode: Center Weighted Average
  • Handheld

Bishops Palace

The Bishop’s Palace, Kirkwall is a 12th-century palace built at the same time as the adjacent St Magnus Cathedral in the center of Kirkwall, Orkney, Scotland. It housed the cathedral’s first bishop, William the Old of the Norwegian Catholic church who took his authority from the Archbishop of Nidaros (Trondheim). The ruined structure now looks like a small castle.

Originally, it is thought to have been like a typical Royal Norwegian palace, with a large rectangular hall above store rooms and a tower house as the Bishop’s private residence. King Haakon IV of Norway, overwintering after the Battle of Largs, died here in 1263, marking the end of Norse rule over the Outer Hebrides. The neglected palace had fallen into ruins by 1320.

Thank you very much for taking the time to join me on my travels through Scotland one Photo at a time. I hope you enjoyed it just as much as I did.

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Till next time, safe travels and keep dreaming.

Have a fabulous day.

Coreen

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