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St Govan's Chapel, Pembrokeshire

St Govan's Chapel

St Govan's Head, Pembrokeshire, SA71 5

Category: Places to visit, Pembrokeshire

Perched precariously on the cliff at St Govan’s Head, the tiny 13th-century St Govan’s Chapel is a spectacular sight. Huddled among the rocks, almost at sea level, it’s only accessible by climbing down 52 steps. It was built on the site of a holy well that once attracted pilgrims. Inside the sandy-floored chapel is a simple stone altar and a small cell hewn from the rock which contains a fissure. Legend has it that this first opened to hide St Govan when he was being pursued by hoodlums. It’s said that if you make a wish while standing in the fissure it will come true, provided you don’t change your mind before you turn around. Outside the chapel there is a large rock boulder known as the Bell Rock. The legend is that St Govan was given a silver bell which was stolen by pirates from its bell tower. St Govan prayed for its return and angels retrieved it and placed it inside a rock where it would be safe. St Govan used to tap the rock which gave a note a thousand times stronger than the note of the original bell.

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Brenda Whiteman - visited in June 2010 St Govan's chapel is a magical place. It's simplicity and the stories surrounding the saintly hermit who hid in a cleft in the ...

Derek - visited in January 2010 An interesting little building. There are actually 75 steps to descend !!

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