Eynhallow Church Ruins

Orkney, United Kingdom

Eynhallow Church is probably the ruin of a 12th-century Benedicitne monastery. Because of the name of the isle it is likely that Eynhallow was an important religious centre. Eyin-Helha is Old Norse for Holy Isle.

Eynhallow Church was deserted before the reformation (circa 1560). The church was converted into dwellings in the 16th century. In 1851 the inhabitants of Eynhallow were transferred elsewhere and the church and other buildings were stripped of their roofs. The ruin was consolidated by W.R. Lethaby in 1897.

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