Presenter and Welsh poet Ifor ap Glyn explores the wealth of Britainâ€™s extraordinary holy places on a pilgrimage that spans almost 2,000 years of history. Travelling across the breadth of the UK, Ifor uncovers the stories and rich history behind many of our most famous sites, explaining the myths and legends of some of Britainâ€™s most sacred places. Over six episodes, Ifor visits crumbling ruins, tranquil healing pools, sacred caves, island refuges, towering mountain hideaways and ancient shrines to find out what these historical sites tell us about who we are today. From the divine to the unexpected, the series uncovers Britainâ€™s extraordinary variety of inspirational, surprising and half-forgotten holy places and brings to life our spiritual history. In the first episode, Ifor explores why ruins are among the best-preserved and most-loved holy sites in Britain. He visits the famous ruins of St Andrews Cathedral, the mystical atmosphere of Walesâ€™s best-preserved Roman site, the battered remains of Coventryâ€™s iconic cathedral and the Gothic majesty of North Yorkshireâ€™s Whitby Abbey â€“ the inspiration behind Bram Stokerâ€™s Dracula. Along the way, he asks why weâ€™re drawn to holy ruins long after their religious use is over. Is it just nostalgia or something much deeper that fuels our obsession and enduring fascination with the decaying grandeur of a ruin?
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