St Davids - capital city of the north
7:00pm Saturday 22nd April 2006 in Town guides
The smallest city in Great Britain takes its name from the Patron Saint of Wales and is one of the most visited places in the county.
The brightest gem is, of course, the magnificent Cathedral with the adjacent ruins of the Bishop's Palace and 13th century St Mary's College.
Two pilgrimages to St Davids were said to be equivalent to one pilgrimage to Rome. In fact so great was the stream of pilgrims some centuries ago that the Cathedral maintained 700 officials to look after and feed them.
The present Cathedral is the third to stand on this site. Construction began in 1180 although it took several centuries to complete, using warm purplish stone quarried from nearby Caerfai and Caerbwddi.
Awe and reverence are the two words that spring to mind when first catching sight of the Cathedral from the Pebbles or Tower Gate. These feelings remain however many times you visit this lovely site.
At the centre of the city stands an ancient preaching cross and it was once the custom for funerals to stop and pause there. St Davids is a delight to walk around.
And after visiting the craft and gift shops, art galleries, Marine Life Centre or Oceanarium, there is plenty to see nearby.