ARCHITECT, Welsh
(active 1190-1198 in Wales)

Exterior view

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Photo
Cathedral, St Davids, Pembrokeshire

In comparison to the impressive sequence of sacred buildings in England, the churches of Wales, Ireland and Scotland play a rather more modest role. Not enough buildings have survived in any of these countries for one to be able to reconstruct a development in style.

In Wales, the present Cathedral at St Davids was built between 1090 and 1098. Norman influences are visible in the nave and the side aisles. Problems beset the new building and the community in its infancy; the collapse of the new tower in 1220, and earthquake damage in 1247/48.

The cathedral is one of Britain's oldest cathedrals, it stands on the site of a 6th-century monastery founded by Dewi (David), a Celtic Christian monk. Considered the holiest site in Wales due to its relics of St. David, the cathedral was a major pilgrimage destination throughout the Middle Ages. It remains a thriving church today.

The photo shows St David's Cathedral and the Bishop's Palace.




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