"The Smallest City" Saint Davids by Balam

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The Cathedral

Around 589 to 601 AD St David died but had founded a monastery on the site of the cathedral, between 645-1097 St. Davids was attacked and destroyed many times with Vikings killing Bishop Morgenau in 999 and Bishop Abraham in 1080
After the Norman invasion of 1066 William the conqueror visited St. davids to pray but in 1089 Davids shrine was vandalized and stripped of its precious metals
By 1123 St Davids had recived a "privilege" from Pope Calixtus II. and became a centre for pilgrimage and in 1131 Bishop Bernard dedicated a new Cathedral but the Present Cathedral was not begun untill 1181 but it was not easy going as in 1220 the New Tower collapsed and in 1247/1248 the building was damaged by an earthquake.
over the years the building has of course been added to and surrounding buildings have been constructed, the most famous of these would be the Bishops palace which was costructed in 1328 - 1347 and St Marys College in 1365
In the 16th C the Holy Trinity Chapel was built (1509-22) and the Nave roof and ceiling was costructed in 1530-40 and in 1540 Edmund Tudor's tomb was placed in front of the high altar.

Much restoration has been done over the years and in 1793 the West Front rebuilt by Nash
Sir George Gilbert Scott restored the building in 1862-77 and in 1901 the Lady Chapel restored followed by the remaining eastern chapels

New Cloisters were built between 2004-07

The Town/City

St Davids although a City is only one of the size of a village, it was only granted City status in 1995 by Queen Elizebeth II in recognition of it's great Cathedral.
I had a quick look around after walking up from the Cathedral.

  • Last visit to Saint Davids: Feb 2010
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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