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St. David's Cathedral (St. David's, Wales)

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'''St. David's Cathedral [http://www.stdavidscathedral.org.uk/] ''' is located in the city of St Davids David's (''Tyddewi'' - house of David - in Welsh) in the far southwest of Wales, and . The [[cathedral]] is dedicated to [[David of Wales]], the patron [[saint]] of the Principality, and whose feast day is [[March 1]]. St. David's [[relics]] are contained in the shrine dedicated to him behind the High [[Altar]]. of the cathedral. The cathedral lies on the site of the [[monastery]] founded by St. David prior to his repose in 589.
The cathedral lies on the site of the monastery founded by Saint David prior to his death in 589AD. Unusually Unusual for a Western European cathedral, it St. David's Cathedral is located in a valley at the foot of a hill; rather than on it, dominating its small city (modern St Davids is little more than a small country village), the . The cathedral is virtually invisible to passersby unless they are overlooking the valley. This location is said to have been chosen for its defensive properties, but the site was attacked and destroyed several times from the 7th seventh to 11th eleventh centuries. St. David's Cathedral nonetheless remained an important centre of learning in the early medieval period and, in the ninth century, King Alfred requested help from St. David's in rebuilding the intellectual life of Wessex following his victories over the Vikings.
StConstruction of the present cathedral began in 1181. David's Cathedral nonetheless remained an While architecturally important centre of learning in the early medieval periodits own right, and in an official site of pilgrimage for the 9th century King Alfred requested help [[Roman Catholic Church]] from at least 1123 (before the current structure's construction two visits to St Davids were equal to one visit to Rome), the cathedral's importance today is that it contains the shrine to St. David's in rebuilding that not only has the intellectual life relics of Wessex following his victories over St. David but also those of St. [[Justinian of Ramsey Island]], and possibly those of St. Caradoc, all from the VikingsOrthodox period of Christianity in Wales.
The present cathedral was begun in 1181==External Links==*[http://www.stdavidscathedral.org. While architecturally important in its own right and an official uk/ Official site of pilgrimage for the ] [[Roman Catholic ChurchCategory:Churches|David's]] from at least 1123, before [[Category: Churches in the current structureUnited Kingdom|David's construction (two visits to St Davids were equal to one visit to Rome), its modern importance from an Orthodox perspective lies ]][[Category: Churches in the shrine to Saint Wales|David behind the High Altar, which contains the bones of Saint David, Saint Justinian, and possibly those of Saint Caradoc.]]
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