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St David's Cathedral from the gatehouse

St David's Cathedral is situated in the tiny city of St David's in Pembrokeshire. Dedicated to Saint Andrew and Saint David, it is one of the earliest British cathedrals, the first Norman church having been begun in about 1115. Unlike most other medieval cathedrals, its origins are still very plain in its outward appearance. Work continued on the cathedral over several centuries. The square central tower, which collapsed in 1220, was soon rebuilt. The Lady Chapel was constructed between 1328 and 1347, and the upper portions of the nave and second stage of the tower date from the 15th century. A remodelling of the ageing west front was commissioned in the late 18th century from the Welsh architect, John Nash. Most of the stone used in the building of the cathedral was quarried locally. Fund-raising is currently underway to rebuild the cloisters. Historically, city status was associated with the presence of a cathedral, such as York Minster. ... St Davids ( Welsh: Tŷddewi) is the smallest city in the United Kingdom, with a population of under 2,000 people. ... Pembrokeshire (Welsh: Sir Benfro) is a county in the southwest of Wales in the United Kingdom. ... Saint Andrew (Greek: Andreas, manly), the Christian Apostle, brother of Saint Peter, was born at Bethsaida on the Lake of Galilee. ... Saint David (c. ... A cathedral is a Christian church building, specifically of a denomination with an episcopal hierarchy (such as the Roman Catholic Church or the Anglican churches), which serves as the central church of a bishopric. ... This article talks about the Norman people. ... Centuries: 12th century - 13th century - 14th century Decades: 1170s 1180s 1190s 1200s 1210s - 1220s - 1230s 1240s 1250s 1260s 1270s Years: 1215 1216 1217 1218 1219 - 1220 - 1221 1222 1223 1224 1225 See also: 1220 state leaders The world in 1220 Middle Ages in Europe Fifth Crusade (1217-1221) Events Mongols... Events May 1 - Treaty of Edinburgh-Northampton - England recognises Scotland as an independent nation after the Wars of Scottish Independence May 12 - Nicholas V is consecrated at St Peters Basilica in Rome by the bishop of Venice. ... (14th century - 15th century - 16th century - other centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 15th century was that century which lasted from 1401 to 1500. ... (17th century - 18th century - 19th century - more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 18th century refers to the century that lasted from 1701 through 1800. ... Architect at his drawing board, 1893 An architect is a person licensed in the art of planning, designing and overseeing the construction of buildings, or more generally, the designer of a scheme or plan. ... John Nash (1752 – 13 May 1835) was a British architect responsible for much of the layout of Regency London. ...


Despite having been a continuously Christian country since Roman times, Wales was never able to boast many great churches. However, St David's was a place of pilgrimage from the time of David's canonisation. A monastery had existed there since the 5th century and it duly became the centre of a Benedictine priory. The term Christian means belonging to Christ and is derived from the Greek noun Χριστός Khristós which means anointed one, which is itself a translation of the Hebrew word Moshiach (Hebrew: משיח, also written Messiah), (and in Arabic it is pronounced Maseeh مسيح). ... Principal sites in Roman Britain Roman Britain is the term applied to the historical period when Britain was under Roman rule, usually considered AD 44 to 410. ... National motto: Cymru am byth (Welsh: Wales for ever) Waless location within the UK Official languages English and Welsh Capital Cardiff Largest city Cardiff First Minister Rhodri Morgan Area  - Total Ranked 3rd UK 20,779 km² Population  - Total (2001)  - Density Ranked 3rd UK 2,903,085 140/km² NUTS... A pilgrimage is a journey by a religious person to a place that is sacred according to his or her religion. ... This article discusses the process of declaring saints. ... ( 4th century - 5th century - 6th century - other centuries) Events Rome sacked by Visigoths in 410. ... The longest lasting of the western Catholic monastic orders, the Order of Saint Benedict traces its origins to the adoption of the monastic life by St. ... A priory is a monastery governed by a prior or prioress. ...


External link

  • Timeline of St David's history (http://www.stdavidscathedral.org.uk/history.htm)

 
 

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