Sacred Places of Wales

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Brecon Cathedral
An Introduction
by Peter Williams

Many sacred sites in Wales date back to pre-historic times, for they are Neolithic burial chambers. Others are among the earliest Christian sites in Britain.

In the first century AD, much of Celtic Britain was conquered by Rome, and by the second century, missionaries from Gaul had introduced Christianity to the island, and many of the Celtic peoples pagan temples were converted into churches.

The first monasteries were probably established in Wales shortly before 500, spreading rapidly during the next century to Ireland from where missionaries brought the faith back to northern Britain. In this period, many Celtic saints were adopted by the Christian Church, the earliest being St. Dyfrig (Duvrigg or Dubricius) whose churches are mainly situated in the area served by the Wye River, in Southeast Wales.

"The Sacred Sites of Wales" takes you on a journey around Wales, from Tintern Abbey in the southeast, to the shrine of St. Winifred in Holywell, in the northeast. It covers many of the ancient burial grounds, but is mainly centered on the six cathedrals of Wales: St. Woolos, Llandaff, Brecon, St. David's, Bangor and St. Asaph.

First Stop: Tintern Abbey & the Wye Valley

Buy Peter Williams' book The Sacred Places of Wales : A Modern Pilgrimage

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