Church of the Holy Cross

Cardigan, United Kingdom

The Church of the Holy Cross at Mwnt dates probably from the 13th century. The building was restored in 1853 and again after storm damage in 1917. A 1912 photograph shows the south windows in different positions.

The interior is a single chamber with deep-set windows and an unusual roof type. The font is 13th century; the hexagonal pulpit is Victorian.

Externally, the church is whitewashed rubble stone walls under a slate roof. The small, enclosed churchyard contains a number of graves; monumental inscriptions are held by Dyfed Family History Society.



Your name


Founded: 13th century
Category: Religious sites in United Kingdom

More Information


4.9/5 (based on Google user reviews)

User Reviews

Sara Williams (8 months ago)
Beautiful little church. Mwnt is a lovely place but the beach isn’t dog friendly. Some lovely walks and a nice little cafe that makes lovely toasties. Parking is free if you’re a member of the National Trust.
Swansea Cymru (10 months ago)
A beautiful little grade 1 listed, 13th century church situated on the clifftop of Mwnt Bay, the Church of the Holy Cross or Eglwys y Grog remauns simple and unspoiled. Still open to the public with services at Easter and Christmas and at other times by arrangement. If you visit Mwnt, you must visit the church too.
Lukasz Taborski (2 years ago)
The 14th century church, formerly a chapel for sailors, is truly a symbol of this part of the coast. Walls remembering distant times and events and this scenery of eternal green around, the sound of the waves, the sound of the wind and the silence of the graves ... and the rainbow from time to time ..
Scott Spooner (2 years ago)
Picturesque little church. It wouldn’t be Mwnt without it.
Roger Webber (2 years ago)
Visited the chaple at Mwnt several times a beautiful place and so peaceful, so saddened to see the damage done by vandals on the news this evening, absolutely disgraceful !!! Let's hope the authorities catch the sick perpetrators.
Powered by Google

Featured Historic Landmarks, Sites & Buildings

Historic Site of the week

The Church of the Holy Cross

The church of the former Franciscan monastery was built probably between 1515 and 1520. It is located in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Old Rauma. The church stands by the small stream of Raumanjoki (Rauma river).

The exact age of the Church of the Holy Cross is unknown, but it was built to serve as the monastery church of the Rauma Franciscan Friary. The monastery had been established in the early 15th century and a wooden church was built on this location around the year 1420.

The Church of the Holy Cross served the monastery until 1538, when it was abandoned for a hundred years as the Franciscan friary was disbanded in the Swedish Reformation. The church was re-established as a Lutheran church in 1640, when the nearby Church of the Holy Trinity was destroyed by fire.

The choir of the two-aisle grey granite church features medieval murals and frescoes. The white steeple of the church was built in 1816 and has served as a landmark for seafarers.