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Bangor Cathedral, Bangor

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Bangor Cathedral is an ancient place of Anglican worship situated in Bangor, Gwynedd, north-west Wales. It is dedicated to its founder, Saint Deiniol.The site of the present building of Bangor Cathedral has been in use as a place of Christian worship since the 6th century. The cathedral is built on a low-lying and inconspicuous site, possibly so as not to attract the attention of Viking raiders from the sea. Some visitors to Bangor assume that the Gothic style building on the hill is the cathedral, but this is actually part of the university.HistoryThe site of Bangor Cathedral was originally occupied by St Deiniol's Monastery, established in the 6th century around 530 on land given by the king of Gwynedd, Maelgwn Gwynedd. Deiniol is said to have been consecrated as a bishop by Saint David, making him the first Bishop of Bangor. This monastery was sacked in 634 and again in 1073. Nothing of the original building survives.The Synod of Westminster in 1102 is recorded as taking measures to restore Bangor Cathedral, but the earliest part of the present building was built during the episcopate of Bishop David (1120–1139) with the assistance of the king of Gwynedd, Gruffudd ap Cynan, who donated money towards the project and was buried by the high altar on his death in 1137. This was a cruciform building in the Norman style, about 44 yards in length. Gruffudd's son, Owain Gwynedd, was also buried here, as was his brother Cadwaladr. Giraldus Cambrensis describes a service held here in 1188 when the Archbishop of Canterbury celebrated Mass.
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  • I visited here when I had some time to kill whilst waiting on my daughter do some shopping. The history and facts about the cathedral are very interesting. Inside it is beautiful with a powerful feeli...  more »
  • Interesting and old Cathedral, dating back to the 11th century. I did not expect much, but was pleasantly surprised - I liked the interior, with ist wooden roof and the very nice windows. There is a c...  more »
  • Bangor Cathedral is small and absolutely beautiful with magnificent wooden carvings and stained glass windows it is well worth a visit, the gentleman who greeted us when we entered was very helpful ex...  more »
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  • Great cheese and wine event tonight! I really enjoyed hosting this event with my wife as a fund-raiser to the cathedral. What a wonderful group of people you all are! 😊
  • Small, tranquil and perfectly formed. I was here today for an interview, but this place always pulls me back.
  • Truly stunning cathedral with a long storied history
  • A beautiful building at the centre of town. It is a real centre piece for the whole town. It also has information about the town's history which is really interesting and informative.
  • Beautiful building and great history. Pity about such dodge theology...

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