There is a lot of imagery in the St Magnus Cathedral -
1. The far end of the church is dedicated to the founder, St Rognvald (the guy on the right). The one of the left is his father, Kol Kalisson. Sitting on the table is a copy of the Bible and a viking war ship, two items I never thought would make sense together.
2. Family crests line the walls of the first floor, signaling a burial of some of Orkney’s finest. Angel heads (not entire angels, just the heads and the wings) are also a big deal around the structure. On the outside two gargoyles (not entire gargoyles just the heads and maybe a hand) can be seen perching on a spire.
3. Skulls and crossbones are everywhere. Every gravestone has at least one. The Orcadians were a very morbid group. This particular one is a favorite of mine.
4. The cathedral is the home of a fantastic statue of St Olaf, who kept the original kirk of Orkney, and is probably the church Kirkwall is named after. This is not the full statue of course, and after a half hour of searching I have no idea what this crowned bird guy is.