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St Davids Cathedral
St Davids
West Wales

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St Davids Cathedral rests at the bottom of a deep wooded valley cut through by the river Alun. Approaching from the town, the visitor enters the walls of the cathedral close through the gatehouse, the only remaining one of four original entry gates, and from the top of 39 steps is met by a stunning view of the Cathedral and neighbouring Bishop's Palace.

The Cathedral, begun in 1181, is at least the fourth church to have been built on a site reputed to be that on which St David himself founded a monastic settlement in the 6th century. The Cathedral has been an important place of pilgrimage for nearly fourteen centuries. In 1124, Pope Calixtus II declared that two pilgrimages to St Davids were equal to one to Rome and that three were equal to Jerusalem itself.

On the north side of the Cathedral is St Mary's Hall, in which there is a stunning new refectory using fresh local produce and a gallery for exhibitions by local artists and craftsmen.

The Cathedral has a strong musical tradition. The St Davids Cathedral Festival has enjoyed its twenty-fifth annual week-long programme of music performed by musicians of international fame. St Davids Cathedral is a very special place.

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