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December 04, 2007
by findingDulcinea Staff
The peace and tranquility of the Welsh landscape belies a turbulent history of struggle against invaders. The evidence of this ongoing conflict can be seen in the multitude of fortifications and castles throughout the land. Today, these great structures add a touch of ancient mystery to modern Wales.

Castles and Kings

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If you like the romance and commanding vistas of castles, take the virtual tour of Welsh castles provided by Britain Express. You’ll survey nearly two dozen surviving structures scattered about the countryside.
Want to know more about Charles, William, Harry, and the Duchess of Cornwall? The Prince of Wales official Web site includes a royal events diary, text to princely speeches, personal profiles, and a very thorough photo gallery. And if you’re wondering why the heir to the throne of England is called “The Prince of Wales” Return to Britain Express for an explanation on how some 13th-century trickery resulted in the title.

Sites to See

Known for its tranquil pastures and lush forests, it’s no surprise that Wales is a nature-lover’s paradise. Wales.info provides profiles on twenty-one Welsh nature reserves. This site provides images and Web site links for each beautiful locale.
Although Amgueddfa Cymru, the National Museum Wales Web site is sparsely designed, it hosts a wealth of information. Learn about all of Wales’s museums and view information and images for selected collections. Don’t miss the country’s unique historic sites, such as the National Wool Museum.
St. David is the patron saint of Wales and the only Welsh saint to be canonized in the Roman Church. The cult of David was centered in the northern town of Pembrokeshire and then spread through the south of Wales. Read a brief history and take a virtual tour of St. David’s Cathedral.

Welsh Culture

Historic-UK.com uncovers the history behind the Mabinogion, a work based upon a 14th century manuscript known as Red Book of Hergest. The Mabinogion is a collection of eleven tales of early Welsh literature and draws upon the mystical word of the Celtic people intertwining myths, folklore, tradition and history.
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