Llandaff Cathedral

Llandaff Cathedral is situated in the suburb of Llandaff, two miles away from the city of Cardiff and is the seat of the Bishop of Llandaff. Nestling in a grassy hollow near Llandaff Green, the cathedral is located on the site of a 6th century religious community founded by St. Teilo. The Llandaff cathedral is built in a hollow on a site that was probably the scene of ancient Celtic worship. The first Christian edifice to occupy the site may have been founded in 560. The cathedral is dedicated to Saint Peter and Saint Paul and also to three Welsh saints- Dyfrig, Teilo, and Euddogwy

Unlike most Welsh churches, Llandaff is not named after a saint, but the area in which it is located. The name translates as 'Church on the River Taff'. Situated on one of the oldest Christian sites, damage to the church was done during the revolt of Owain Glyndwr in 1400. The bishop's palace was also destroyed. It was radically restored in 1882. During the 19th century, when the Bishop of Llandaff began to reside in his diocese, the cathedral was extensively restored and the tower rebuilt and a spire added. On the evening of January 2, 1941 during World War II a German bomb fell beside the Llandaff cathedral, causing massive destruction including that of the organ. Major restorations were conducted under architect George Pace of York and the building was back in use in June 1958. The Queen attended a service celebrating the completion of the restoration on August 6, 1960. The dominant feature of the Llandaff Cathedral is the aluminum 'Christ in Majesty' sculpture completed by Epstein in the 1960's - a modern structure that is presents a striking against contrast Gothic arches and columns

The Llandaff Cathedral also houses the famous Llandaff Cathedral choral society, which was formed in 1937 to supplement the Cathedral Choir on special occasions. The Llandaff Cathedral offers a full program of services, concerts and events throughout the week, and the cathedral is open to visitors daily. Sunday Eucharist and evensong are at 9 am and 6:30 pm respectively.

Llandaff Cathedral