St Govan's Chapel, Dyfed, Wales

St Govan's Point is the most southerly point on the Pembrokeshire coast. Nearby is St Govan's Chapel, which is a tiny cell measuring 18 by 12 feet. A flight of worn stone steps leads up to the tiny chapel where St Govan (or Gawain) had his cell.

Most of the St Govan chapel dates from the 13th century, but the altar and a seat cut in the rock could date from much earlier, possibly even the sixth century, when St Govan reputedly established a hermitage here after escaping from pirates. The rock apparently opened up and kept him hidden until the pirates had gone.

Another story connects Sir Gawain - Arthur's nephew, with the site. Whether St Govan and Sir Gawain are one and the same does not seem to be clear.

According to legend Gawain became a hermit here after Arthur's death. And on his own death was buried here at St Govan. This conflicts with other stories say that Gawain died before Arthur's final battle.

Arthurian Sites in Wales