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Cathedrals and churches in and around Cardiff city centre:

*Llandaff Cathedral - situated on one of the oldest Christian sites in the British Isles, the cathedral was begun in the 12th century but rebuilt and modified over and over again throughout its history. During a bleak, terrible night in January, 1941, a huge German mine exploded, destroying much of the cathedral and it was not until the 1960's that restoration was completed. Llandaff Cathedral once again took it all in stride; its whole history is one of destruction and reconstruction, of tragedy and triumph. Llandaff is indeed a sacred spot and a veritable treasure trove of Welsh history.

*St Davids Cathedral - St Davids Cathedral almost hidden from view in a valley at the far West of the city occupies a site of a religious settlement founded by St David in the 6th Century. Tradition also has it that he was born here. His mother, so the story goes, gave birth to him on the spot on the cliffs to the South of the Cathedral now marked by the ruins of St Nons chapel. The Cathedral with its wonderful oak roof dates back to the 12th Century (circa 1181-82), for centuries it was a place of pilgrimage, (two visits to St Davids being equal to one visit to Rome). Next to the Cathedral are the remains of the ruined Bishops Palace, how splendid this must have looked in its prime. Uniquely the sovereign of the United Kingdom is a member of the chapter and therefore has his/her own royal stall.

*St John the Baptist Church, St John's Square - a haven of tranquillity in the middle of Cardiff's busiest shopping area, this church dates back to the 12th century (although most of the present building is late 15th-century), and it still plays an important part in the life of the city today. The church tower was renovated in 1897. With magnificent views over the city, it features a minstrel's gallery and a set of ten bells. Inside the main part of the building, you can enjoy the stained glass windows (some of which are almost 200 years old), a carved oak screen and the pipes of a 19th-century organ. The tea shop is open most days.Please note that there is only disabled access to the main part of the church. Sunday services: 11am and 6.30pm

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Cardiff,
CF10 5AL

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Map reference: ST 180760  Lat: 51.47699 Long: -3.18211

M4

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Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Cardiff Central station