'Churches Are Part of What Makes Us Tick' Wales' Religious Heritage Restores Faith for Those in Search of Those 'Special Places'

South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales), September 20, 2010 | Go to article overview
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'Churches Are Part of What Makes Us Tick' Wales' Religious Heritage Restores Faith for Those in Search of Those 'Special Places'


Byline: David Williamson

CHURCHES throughout South Wales this weekend threw open their doors so that the treasures and stories inside could be enjoyed by everyone.

The Open Churches initiative is designed to allow people to discover the ancient and modern cultural riches these buildings contain and their congregations preserve.

Tourism consultant Terry Stevens is convinced Wales should celebrate the cultural riches in its religious heritage.

He said: "The tourist to Wales is increasingly seeking those 'special places' - they want to discover what makes our communities tick and they want to share in our strong sense of place.

"There is no better way of experiencing these aspects of a visit to Wales than in our diverse range and styles of churches and chapels."

Literature fans were able to make their way to St John the Baptist, Danescourt, Cardiff, the burial place of author Roald Dahl's parents.

Visitors to St Peter & St Cenydd in Senghenydd could see memorials to those who lost their lives in the Universal colliery explosion of 1913.

Tourists and locals across Wales discovered how a visit to a church can shed light on the lives and times of defining figures from the nation's past.

St Mary's, Aberavon, is the burial place of Dic Penderyn, who was killed in the Merthyr Uprising of June 3, 1831.

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