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Walking along the River Taff in Cardiff is such a treat. Passing through the City along the Taff Trail, it's not long before you reach another City, Llandaff. This is where both Roald Dahl and Charlotte Church were born and went to school.
The 12th Century Anglican Cathedral stands on an older religious site which was near the old river crossing. It has suffered a great deal over the years in the hands of Owain Glyndwr, Oliver Cromwell and WW2, being the second worst damaged Cathedral in the UK after Coventry. Even its organ was destroyed by a lightning strike and had to be replaced in 2010.
As you enter, it's the huge modern Christ in Majesty by Jacob Epstein over the nave that immediately catches your eye.
In the distance the Lady Chapel can be seen with the beautiful decoration and stained glass windows. There are a number of other chapels - The Dyfrig Chapel has a ceramic portrayal of the six days of creation by Edward Burne-Jones - The Welsh Regiment Chapel is very bright and modern and is dedicated to the fallen in all wars since the 18th Century - St Illud Chapel is dedicated to the 53rd Welsh Infantry Division and has a triptych by Dante Gabriel Rossetti - St Teilo Chapel has a window by William Morris and Ford Maddox Brown. Here's a link to the Cathedral's History page for more details.
Following the Dean's Steps up to the rest of the City, the Cathedral looks imposing, especially in the sun.
At the top, there's a charming green with seats around and a memorial.
The ruins of the Bishop's Palace have been turned into a public garden.
Just round the corner, there's the short High Street with small shops and cafes. One building had a blue plaque to show that this was Mrs Pratchett's sweet shop where Roald Dahl had once tricked her by putting a dead mouse in a jar.
Time to stop for lunch at the quaint Jaspers Tea Rooms, a cafe consisting of lots of small rooms joined together and named after Jasper Tudor, Uncle of King Henry VII. He took possession of Cardiff Castle after the Battle of Bosworth and married Catherine Woodville, sister of Elizabeth. The Cathedral has a Jasoer Tower and the café menu said that he introduced the fiery red dragon as a symbol for Wales on the flag.
Can you see the red Welsh Dragons?