"St Govan's Chapel" Pembroke Things to Do Tip by Myfanwe
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This wonderful 13th Century Chapel can be found perched precariously on the cliff at St Govan?s Head. It sits amongst the rocks, almost at sea level and is only accessible by climbing down 52 steps. It was built on the site of a holy well which once attracted pilgrims. Inside the sandy-floored chapel is a simple stone altar and a small cell carved into the rock which contains a fissure. Legend has it that this first opened to hide St Govan when he was being pursued by hoodlums. It?s said that if you make a wish while standing in the fissure it will come true, provided you don?t change your mind before you turn around. Outside the chapel there is a large rock boulder known as the Bell Rock. The legend is that St Govan was given a silver bell which was stolen by pirates from its bell tower. St Govan prayed for its return and angels retrieved it and placed it inside a rock where it would be safe. St Govan used to tap the rock which gave a note a thousand times stronger than the note of the original bell.
Directions: From Bosherston, follow the signs to St Govan's head where you will find a car park.
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