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St Cybi's Church

From the ferry terminal you can look across the inner harbour to the town of Holyhead, and prominent in the town's foreground is the grey stone building of the Church of St Cybi, Holyhead.

 

St Cybi's Church, Holyhead, Wales St Cybi's Church, Holyhead, Wales

St Cybi's Church stands within the walls of the abandoned Roman Fort, Caer Gybi, is the ancient church of St Cybi’s Holyhead, founded in 540 AD. Now visited by tourists from around the world, the bi-lingual church has been central to the Holyhead community for well over a thousand years!

 

St Cybi's Church, Holyhead, Wales

St Cybi's Church, Anglesey lies within the walls of an old Roman fort

 

St Cybi's Church, Holyhead, Wales

St Cybi's Church is a Grade 1 listed mediaeval church near the Roman Caer Gybi in Holyhead, Anglesey, Wales. The original church was constructed at Holyhead around 540 AD by St Cybi, a cousin of St David. The church was sacked by Viking invaders in the 10th century and damaged again in 1405 by Henry IV's invading force, but most of the present church dates from the 13th-16th century.

St Cybi's Church, Holyhead, Wales

 

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St Cybi's Church, Holyhead, Wales

Coats of arms above the entrance to St Cybi's Church, Anglesey.

 

St Cybi's Church, Holyhead, Wales

Looking east down the nave of St Cybi's Church, Anglesey to the chancel and altar

The chancel is one of the oldest parts of the church, dating to the 13th century. In 1897 a chapel designed by British architect Hamo Thornycroft was added to the south plus renovations in the 20th century. A sun dial with the inscription "Yr hoedl ar hyd ei haros a dderfydd yn nydd ac yn nos", which translates to "Life though long it stay will end in night and day", is located in the south transept. Ornamental figures are located throughout the church, both inside and out.

 

St Cybi's Church, Holyhead, Wales

Looking south-east down the nave of St Cybi's Church, Anglesey to the chancel and altar, south aisle on the right.

 

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The organ of St Cybi's Church, Anglesey

 

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Looking west down the nave of St Cybi's Church, Anglesey

 

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The north aisle of St Cybi's Church, Anglesey

 

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First World War I memorial windows in St Cybi's Church, Anglesey

 

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Stained glass windows in St Cybi's Church, Anglesey

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