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St David's Bishop's Palace

The original monastery was established here by St David in the sixth century. Attacked and ransacked over and over again by Norse raiders during the following 4 centuries, the Normans arrived in the 11th century, took over this place of worship and appointed a Norman Bishop, and the monastery evolved into the cathedral. The remains of the Bishops of St Davids principle palace are located alongside the present cathedral in the tranquil valley of the river Alun. This would have been the finest collection of buildings in Wales during the medieval period.

Over the years the palace evolved into a fortification as the occupants realised how vulnerable the palace was and walls were built to enclose all the cathedral buildings including the palace.  Later Bishops made further additions and alterations but inevitably ruin and disrepair set in during the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the reign of King Henry VIII.