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Wales and its amazing architecture

Updated on February 18, 2013

Cymru am Byth

The Striking Welsh Flag
The Striking Welsh Flag

Travel in Wales Part 2

Recently voted the top place in the World to visit by the "lonely Planet Guide" , Wales is a tiny gem. Three hundred miles by just seventy, it packs in over four hundred amazing stone castles.

The Principality of Wales is a very small country belonging to the United Kingdom of Great Britain. It is a very special part of the UK as it divided from its neighboring England by an ancient border called Offa's Dyke. This was erected to defend England from the marauding Welsh. The border is also peppered with castles, strongly built of stone, plentiful in Wales, built for the same reason, to keep the fierce Celtic warriors at bay. Wales has its own Language which is widely used throughout the country. All road signs are in both languages which gives the observant traveler an insight into the language

Wales has been populated since very early times. The warmer west being settled first. The Presely Hills have vestiges of Stone Age huts on the summits of the hills. If you climb up to them, maybe starting from Newport in Pembrokeshire, the stone circles marking the walls of the huts are still clearly visible. These hills provided the massive sarsen stones of the wonderful monument Stonehenge, now thought to be a healing center because of the power of the stones. See the Video below.

Amazing burial sites like Pentre Ifan near Nevern are repeated throughout the area. The mind boggles when you see the amazingly big stones balanced on top of what was previously a burial site. Enormous strength and much organization must have been needed to hoist these stones to the height of eight feet above the ground. This is just one of many in Wales.

An Iron age fort is close by at Bryn Henllan not far from Pentr Ifan. This site has been restored and is open to the public showing how people lived in those days. There is plenty to see and do in the area which is also an area of outstanding natural beauty.

The hills of Carn Ingli (Hill of the Angels) are a backdrop and are supposed to be where St Brynach had his hovel where he prayed and meditated, living as a hermit.The church of St Brynach near by is very ancient. Its church yard at Nevern contains the Vitalianus stone written in the ancient writing system, Ogam composed of a collection of lines. It was erected in about 500 AD

Caerleon in South Wales near Newport is the site of the huge Roman Amphitheatre, built to hold 6000 people. There is also a Roman fort and barracks near by and the remains of a medieval castle attached to a local pub.

There is so much to see in Wales, a country just over 300 miles from top to bottom and just 73 miles wide holds over 400 castles, ancient churches, dolmen and beautiful manor houses. All yours to explore. If you have an interest in Architecture, you will be thrilled with the riches Wales can provide. Tintern Abbey and St David's Cathedral are just two examples. The Architecture varies from primitive and plain to baroque and beautiful Enjoy! The primitive poorhouse is currently being converted to a private home. People who remember it in use tell me that the internal fireplace didn't have a chimney so it was always smoky inside.

Rich Architecture in Wales

Stone pump house at the well
Stone pump house at the well
Stonehenge Made of blue stones from the Presceli Hills in Wales
Stonehenge Made of blue stones from the Presceli Hills in Wales
Handsome Carew Castle
Handsome Carew Castle
Simple stone poor house in Dinas Pembrokeshire
Simple stone poor house in Dinas Pembrokeshire
Pentre Ifan Burial chamber
Pentre Ifan Burial chamber
Archway at the ruin of Llan Gibby Castle hidden in the woods.Once home to a battalion of 60 troops.
Archway at the ruin of Llan Gibby Castle hidden in the woods.Once home to a battalion of 60 troops.
Still hanging in there, Decoration in a ruined tower at Llan Gibby Castle
Still hanging in there, Decoration in a ruined tower at Llan Gibby Castle

Amazing Structure of Stonehenge

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    • Gypsy Willow profile imageAUTHOR

      Gypsy Willow 

      6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Well aren't we lucky! Thanks for the visit. I just wish it didn't rain so much, but then it wouldn't be so green!

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      Lisa McKnight 

      6 years ago from London

      Finally got to read one of your hubs on Wales. It is really interesting to read and well written. I did not realise Lonely Planet voted it the top destination to visit. It is certainly a beautiful place - we have this in common!

    • Gypsy Willow profile imageAUTHOR

      Gypsy Willow 

      6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Hi lex123! So glad you got to visit Wales. I have a biased opinion but I think it is the most beautiful place on Earth. Try the South next time, it is softer in character and the coast is amazing. Thanks for the comment.

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      lex123 

      6 years ago

      Your hub brought me back the memories of my visit there about 1 1/2 years ago. I loved Wales (I visited only the North),the people and the culture. On my return I even wrote a travel article for our local paper, about Wales. Thanks for sharing.

    • Gypsy Willow profile imageAUTHOR

      Gypsy Willow 

      7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Wales the land of song! (and ponies, wild flowers, glorious beaches etc etc) I'm a little biased but have just returned from there. Thanks for the visit James.

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      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      I enjoyed this journey. I love Wales. I spent several days there once. It is the home of my ancestors, or at least some of them.

    • Gypsy Willow profile imageAUTHOR

      Gypsy Willow 

      7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Thank you Mrs. J.B. Glad you enjoyed it. Wales is an enchanted place. Maybe you should visit one day. Happy Easter!

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      Mrs. J. B. 

      7 years ago from Southern California

      I love your hub. Your piece was so informative and interesting. The pictures were just gorgeous. Happy Easter!

    • Gypsy Willow profile imageAUTHOR

      Gypsy Willow 

      7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Thanks Bri Very kewl it is!

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      BRI@aol.com 

      7 years ago

      VERY KEWL

    • Gypsy Willow profile imageAUTHOR

      Gypsy Willow 

      7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Good for her! Wales is wonderful! Thanks for dropping by.

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      Tricia Mason 

      7 years ago from The English Midlands

      Hi :)

      My Mum's Welsh.

      It is, indeed, a country with a fascinating history

    • Gypsy Willow profile imageAUTHOR

      Gypsy Willow 

      7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Thanks J. Wales is truly an amazing place and the home of many societies from Stone Age upwards. Even though I was born there, I still keep on finding out amazing things about it.

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      J. McCoy 

      7 years ago from CA (originally)

      Wales is a truly amazing place. I love learning about ancient societies and Wales is rich in them. I'll have to visit Llan Gibby Castle someday. Beautiful hub! Vote up!

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      Dim Flaxenwick 

      8 years ago from Great Britain

      Great hub of my homeland.

      Diolch yn fawr

    • Gypsy Willow profile imageAUTHOR

      Gypsy Willow 

      8 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      I was surprised Hi-Jinks! I expect that is the the root of the common Welsh name Jenkins. Thanks for dropping by.

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      Hi-Jinks 

      8 years ago from Wisconsin

      One of these days I will get there. Have you read my "Writing your family name?" You will be surprised.

    • Gypsy Willow profile imageAUTHOR

      Gypsy Willow 

      8 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Hope you get a chance to visit one of the most beautiful places on the planet, especially as your name, Jones shows a connection. Thanks for the comment.

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      Jessica Jones 

      8 years ago

      I am in love with the architecture of England! I have been to Cardiff many years ago but would love to see more of Wales.

    • Gypsy Willow profile imageAUTHOR

      Gypsy Willow 

      9 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Hi, Not Telling, I hope you do. Thanks for the comment

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      Not Telling 

      9 years ago from Eastern Nowhere

      Thanks, Gypsy, for another great tour of Wales. I hope to see some of these many wonders someday.

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      Roy 

      9 years ago

      What a letdown I was looking at various cultures ancient architecture and when I stumbld upon this ha. A few rocks, a shed and a couple of castles. Wales doesn't have much to bring to the trables really does it?

    • Gypsy Willow profile imageAUTHOR

      Gypsy Willow 

      9 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Can you imagine us kids stumbling upon it in the woods, completely unguarded , just standing there. We felt we were dreaming and we revisited often. I have only just received the pics from a fellow fan. I found them on the Castles of Wales web site and contacted the owner. He has promised to get back to me with more after his next visit. I mention it in my hub, A Magic Childhood. Thanks for the comment.

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      Botterguy 

      9 years ago

      Llan Gibby Castle looks like it is straight out of a fairy tale.

    • Gypsy Willow profile imageAUTHOR

      Gypsy Willow 

      9 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      I am so glad you enjoyed it. Wales is full of surprises. It is without a doubt the most beautiful part of the world that I have ever seen, wild flowers, ponies, beautiful beaches, what more do you want!?

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      tdarby 

      9 years ago

      Beautiful. Thank you for introducing me to a whole new part of this world I never had seen before. Hopefully one day I can go there myself.

    • Gypsy Willow profile imageAUTHOR

      Gypsy Willow 

      9 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Thanks for the two thumbs up. Wales is a rich and fascinting country I hope you get to visit it one day. (Take a raincoat!!)

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      Paper Moon 

      9 years ago from In the clouds

      Wow! I had no idea. This was a truly fascinating and informative hub. Two thumbs up!

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