Royal Visit to Rug Chapel

Thursday 11 July 2013

Royal visit to Rug Chapel

Royal visit to Rug Chapel

On Tuesday, 2 July Their Royal Highnesses the Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visited Rug Chapel, one of the 129 sites cared for by Cadw, the Welsh Government’s historic environment service.

The visit is part of a week-long annual summer visit to Wales where The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will celebrate the best of Welsh culture and continue to highlight the excellent work being done by their charities in Wales.

Rug Chapel, situated near Corwen in north-east Wales, was built as the private chapel of Colonel William Salesbury in 1637. The chapel, which has been described as a ‘hidden treasure’ on the travel website Tripadvisor, is simple architecturally but inside contains a feast of colourful decoration and carved woodwork, considered to be an extension of late medieval church design. The chapel was reconstructed in 1854-55, but the interior decoration remained little touched.

John Griffiths, Minister for Culture and Sport, said, ‘ We are pleased to highlight one of our lesser known monuments to The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall.'

'Although Rug Chapel may not be as high profile as some of the other heritage sites in north Wales, this wonderful 17th century chapel is a true gem.'

More than 2.5 million people visit Cadw sites every year to discover the dramatic stories behind Wales’s breath-taking historic sites and monuments.

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