Appeal to restore St David's medieval shrine

Tuesday 7 September 2010, 15:20

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An appeal to raise £150,000 to restore a 12th century shrine at St Davids Cathedral is to be launched this weekend.

Glass window with image of St David

St David

The shrine to St David was once considered so important that Pope Calixtus II, who reigned from 1119 to 1124, decreed that two pilgrimages to the Welsh shrine were the equivalent of one to Rome. Three visits to the shrine were equivalent to one pilgrimage to the city of Jerusalem.

However, during the Protestant Reformation of the 16th century, the shrine was badly damaged and the damage has never been repaired.

Father Harri Williams, secretary of the Friends of St Davids Cathedral, has said that he hopes that the repaired shrine would once again attract pilgrims to Pembrokeshire.

The appeal launch will take place at the cathedral on Saturday 11 September at 6pm, in the presence of the Dean of St Davids, the Very Reverend Jonathan Lean.

Read more on the story on the WalesOnline website, and on the official Saint Davids Cathedral site.

Explore more about the life of St David on BBC Wales History.

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