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Earl's Palace, Kirkwall, Orkney

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Earl's Palace, Kirkwall, Orkney
Orkney - Kirkwall, Highlands and Islands, Scotland
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One of the finest examples of post-medieval architecture in Scotland, the Earl's Palace was built by Earl Patrick Stewart in 1600, using forced labour to create a mansion in French Renaissance style. Stewart was executed in 1615 and the palace passed to the Bishops of Orkney, whose own palace lies directly opposite the Earl's Palace. The Bishop's Palace is ruinous but the Earl's Palace still shows the grandeur of its heritage.

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