Churches, Chapels and Cathedrals of Pembrokeshire
Religious Buildings and Sites
The medieval priory was built on the site of an earlier chapel and there is an Ogham stone telling of the earlier settlement. The Priory and its church are dedicated to Saint Samson, the 6th century monk who is said to have first settled on Caldey.
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The magnificent Cathedral of St Davids, jewel in the crown of the United Kingdom’s smallest city, began life as little more than a hermit’s cell beside the river Alun in the Valley of Roses.
St Dogmaels Abbey
St Dogmaels Abbey on the opposite shore of the Teifi estuary from Cardigan, was the dream of the Norman Knight Martin de Turribus. In his last years Martin had turned to religion and was laying plans for the construction of an Abbey when he died in 1086.
St Govans is hardly the kind of chapel one would want to visit for worship every Sunday for this tiny stone edifice is reached by a precipitous descent down a long flight of stone steps to the spot under the cliffs where the 5th century hermit Govan established his cell.
6th century chapel of St Non and the nearby holy well which is said to have curative powers is situated at St Davids. Non was the mother of St David, Patron Saint of Wales, and it is said a miracle occurred at this spot overlooking St Non’s Bay when St David was born there around 500 AD.