St. Govan's Chapel - Pembrokeshire
The tiny (20 x 12 ft) St Govan’s Chapel, at the base of high, steep limestone cliffs, is the subject of legend. Built in the 11th century, it is dedicated to St Govan, a 6th century hermit. Purportedly, he landed in the area when travelling from Wexford, Ireland where he was Abbot of Dairinis. Pursued by pirates, he reached the cliffs that obligingly opened up and hid him in a crack. To thank God for his rescue he built the chapel at this dramatic site. The chapel is reached by climbing down steep stairs. Count the 80 (?) stairs going down and climbing back up. Stories say the number is not the same number in both directions. Another legend says if you turn around in the crack, you will have good luck and your wishes will come true.
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