Tuesday, 14 July 2009

Back to the sixteenth century

Quick visit yesterday to St Fagans to see the church they've rebuilt there from Llandeilo Tal-y-bont near Pontardulais. What an amazing place! They decided to restore it to its state immediately before the Reformation, that is, when it was, like all other churches in Britain, Catholic. So consequently it's whitewashed outside and covered with mural paintings inside. We see so many medieval churches as the Victorians left them, or as in the case with Cwmyoy a fortnight ago, as the 17th and 18th centuries left them. But we never see how the Catholics left them! I can really recommend a visit this summer. It's not very well signposted within the park - find the Gwalia Stores, go down the left side and on past the Oakdale Institute then take the path into the woods, and you'll find this beautiful building in its own clearing. Hopefully you won't get absolutely soaked in the rain as we were!

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