The remains of the elaborately decorated west doorway at the entrance to the ruins of Strata Florida Abbey. The Cistercian house translates from Latin as the Vale of Flowers.
It flourished as a religious and cultural centre during the 13th and 14th centuries until, like all other abbeys and monasteries in Britain, it fell victim to Henry VIII's dissolution of the monasteries in the 1540s.
Wales (Cymru in the Welsh language) is part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The major cities are Cardiff, Swansea, Newport and Bangor. The city of St. Davids is the smallest city in the UK with a population around 2000. Wales itself has a population of around 3 million. The Welsh language is spoken by around 20% of the population.