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St Melangell's Church

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Relax792979 wrote a review Feb 2020
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This church is well worth a visit. The atmosphere is so calm and serene, quite a change from the hustle and bustle of life.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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C Griffin wrote a review Nov 2019
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A lovely and peaceful place at the head of the valley, surrounded by ancient yew trees and very picturesque. Apart from parking, there are no facilities, but it's a beautiful place for a picnic.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Colin C wrote a review Mar 2018
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Wonderfully peaceful pilgrimage church at the head of the scenic Tanat Valley. Nice walk to the waterfall.
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Date of experience: March 2018
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DynSaesneg wrote a review Nov 2017
Llangynhafal, United Kingdom78 contributions49 helpful votes
Pennant Melangell has been a place of Christian pilgrimage for something approaching fifteen hundred years and there are parts of the existing building nearly a thousand years old. The legend from the 6th century is that a local prince was out hunting, and his party raised a hare. They went in hot pursuit and found the hare had taken refuge under the robe of a young woman hermit, Melangell, who'd sought out the quiet valley to live the life of a Christian hermit. Impressed by her - and the hare's instinctive trust of her - the story goes that he gave the valley to her, and over time a religious community gathered around her which she ruled as abbess until her death in 590. Whatever the truth of the story, Pennant Melangell became a place of pilgrimage across the middle ages, focused on the shrine in the little church in which she was buried. The shrine, like all others in the British Isles, was destroyed in the aftermath of the reformation; but the memory and the legend survived, as did the church building itself, as a little Anglican chapel in the remote countryside. These days the church building is no longer used for parish worship, but has found a new role as a place of pilgrimage and spiritual healing. There is a pilgrim's centre in an old house nearby, and a full-time chaplain/warden. The church manages to combine being simultaneously a place of worship, an exhibition centre and a bookshop and sales outlet for Christian knick-knacks of one sort ot another with a striking harmony and lack of incongruity! Well worth a visit if such things speak to you. As a shrine and pilgrimage place, I'd say it's fairly unique - there are of course many such places, but I've not come across anything else quite like this one.
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Date of experience: November 2017
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J0rdan2004 wrote a review Oct 2017
Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom149 contributions31 helpful votes
We were lucky enough to be staying at a working farm close by, what an absolute hidden gem and a fantastic historical church which has been updated with photo's and clearly well looked after, it was great to find it open and a place where you could light candles and read about the history. This is a place well worth making the effort to visit. If you walk from the local pub down the hill it's about 2 miles and the views are stunning.
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Date of experience: September 2017
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