The remains of Strata Florida Abbey, a Cistercian house that translates from Latin as the Vale of Flowers. During the Middle Ages it was the most famous church in Wales, after St. Davids. As such, it is the burial site of many Welsh princes.
It flourished as a religious and cultural centre throughout 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 Act 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.