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Visiting St Davids Cathedral, St Davids

St Davids Cathedral has been a site for pilgrimage and worship for more than 800 years, and is visited by over 300,000 people every year, coming from Wales, the UK and globally.  St Davids and the Cathedral seem to create a deep, spiritual atmosphere and it provides an opportunity for a personal pilgrim journey, together with a sense of peace and restoration.

The Cathedral building was started in around 1180 A.D. and has benefited from development and expansion over the years.

The building is constructed from fine-grained, purple Cambrian sandstone and survived an earthquake in the 13th century.

One of the amazing features of the Cathedral is the noticeable slope in the floor from front to back, dropping a total of 4 metres.

Appearance of the Cathedral is probably most influenced by Bishop Gower in the 14th century and, perhaps, later by Sir George Gilbert Scott in the 19th century.

He managed very significant restoration work to the fabric of the building.

Latterly, St Mary's hall has been restored in the 20th century for use as a Parish Hall and the 21st century saw the restoration of the Cloisters, so development continues on this magnificent and important Cathedral.