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The town was established when St. David, the patron saint of Wales and the town's namesake, built a monastery there in the mid 500's AD.
Today, Saint David's is known for its cathedral, as a place dedicated to its patron saint, and for its strongly English atmosphere. It is also the location of a highly successful lifeboat and lifeguard training establishment.
People Born in Saint David's
Saint David's in People's Lives
William the Conqueror: I visited here in 1080, reportedly on a pilgrimage to pay homage to St. David. It may be noted that this was a rather strategic move on my part. Having just gone through 14 years of incessantly putting down rebellions in northern England and southern Scotland, I no doubt realized that attempting to fortify the Welsh area of my kingdom would be a challenge of equal proportions, which I would probably not live long enough to finish. Perhaps by journeying here to publically honor the revered patron saint of Wales, I hoped to gain my subject's approval and loyalty through religion rather than war.