Who is St David?

St David, also known as Dewi Sant in Welsh, is the patron saint of Wales and doves.

He was born in Caerai in Pembrokeshire, Wales, to Sant, a prince of Cardigan, and St Non, the daughter of chieftain in around 500 AD.

Legend has it that he went on a pilgrimage, which led all the way to Jerusalem, where he was made an Archbishop.

He is also believed to have helped to spread the word of Christianity, and he founded around 12 monastaries in his lifetime.

However, very little else is known about his life other than the fact he is credited with performing several miracles.

The most famous is believed to have been when he was preaching to a large crowd at the Synod of Brefi and he raised the ground beneath the hill so all those there could hear his sermon.

It is also believed he lived after eating poisoned bread and even restored the sight of his tutor, St Paulinus.

St David is thought to have died on March 1, 589AD with his remains buried at St David's Cathedral in Pembrokeshire.

He was officially recognised as a saint by Pope Callixtus in 1120.

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