St Illtud's Galilee Chapel, St Illtud's Church, Llantwit Major

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Llanilltud is now open to all visitors, pilgrims, students and curious tourists. Please come and visit us! And please explore this site to discover the stories, both old and new, about one of the most important Celtic Christian sites in Britain.

Founded in 500 AD by the Welsh monk Illtud, the Church of Llantwit Major (Llanilltud Fawr) is believed to be Britain’s earliest centre of learning. St Illtud established a monastic school of over one thousand pupils, including, according to tradition, St David of Wales and St Patrick of Ireland.

At the western end of St Illtud’s Church stands the Galilee Chapel. Originally a two-storey building, built in the 13th century, it became a roofless ruin after years of neglect. Over the last two years, the Galilee Chapel Project has successfully raised funds to reconstruct the Chapel and bring it back into use as a visitor’s centre for exploring the origins of Celtic Christianity. At the heart of the project is the provision for an appropriate exhibition space for one of the most important collections of Celtic Christian stones in the UK.

An overview of the architectural plans provided by Davies Sutton can be found in this excerpt from the DAC Booklet.

We hope our project will benefit not only the local community and schools, but academics, tourists and pilgrims from around the world.

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