Nelson Mandela death: Welsh 'inspiration' spurred freedom bid
6 December 2013 Last updated at 13:28 GMT
A man of charisma and charm, Nelson Mandela captivated all who met him.
During his visit to Wales in 1998, four years after he swept to power in South Africa's first democratic elections, he paid tribute to the people of a country who he felt had helped him in his long struggle for freedom.
Meeting the Queen at Cardiff Castle, and being granted the freedom of the city, Mr Mandela called Wales' anti-apartheid measures "a great inspiration to us in our struggle".
Neath MP and anti-apartheid campaigner Peter Hain, who became a friend of Mr Mandela, said his legacy was to build a nation "more at peace with itself than ever in its torn history".
Caroline Evans looks back.