St Melangell's Church

Llangynog, United Kingdom

St Melangell's Church is a small church located on a minor road which joins the B4391 near the village of Llangynog, Powys, Wales. It houses the restored shrine of Saint Melangell, reputed to be the oldest Romanesque shrine in Great Britain.

The church of St Melangell is set in a circular churchyard, possibly once a Bronze Age burial site, ringed by ancient yew trees, which may also predate the Christian era. It sits at the foot of a breast-shaped hill, at the edge of the road on the edge of the Berwyn mountains. Also located at the site is the restored shrine of St Melangell, which is reputedly the oldest Romanesque shrine in Britain, dating from the early 12th century.

The church consists of a nave and chancel in one, an eastern apse, and at the west end a tower. The building is oriented slightly north of true east. Roofs consist of slates with stone ridge tiles and the base of a cross finial at the east end. Black ceramic ridge tiles adorn the porch. The church contains a fine 15th-century oak rood screen with carvings that tell the story of Melangell and Prince Brochwel



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Llangynog, United Kingdom
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Founded: 12th century
Category: Religious sites in United Kingdom

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Michelle (15 months ago)
Conducted my mum's ashes burial, absolutely fantastic, friendly minister, stunning chapel
Mark Warren-smith (15 months ago)
What an amazing place, so full of history and a real spirituality! It is tucked away in the valley; a place of beauty. There is also a study centre that has a provision for retreats. Please explore.
Kt Mehers (16 months ago)
A true hidden historic gem starting with the yews in the church yard being over 2000 years old!
Kate Tennant (17 months ago)
Peaceful pilgrimage chapel set in stunning Welsh countryside. Plenty of parking but be aware on single track roads. Wonderful legend related to the chapel. Go find out for yourself :)
Yossi Burland (2 years ago)
Incredible historical site. Very calming energy and those ancient yew trees were really something! The calming atmosphere was disturbed by the thousands of pheasants roaming and screeching about some right near the chapel itself but even they couldn't dampen the spiritual energy. Very highly recommended to visit. Amazing walking routes locally too.
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