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Rug Chapel and Llangar Church

Religiously glorious in glorious technicolor

Rug Chapel

Religiously glorious in glorious technicolor. Never judge a chapel, or a church for that matter, by its exterior. Step inside 17th-century Rug Chapel and prepare to be wowed by its decorative flourishes. If you’re a fan of minimalism, you may want to take a deep breath before entering.

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Its founder, the arch-Royalist Colonel William Salesbury, created a private chapel complete with high church pretensions and a zany style to counter Puritanical notions of the time.

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You can never have enough wood carvings or rose motifs. Colonel Salesbury was mad for them, whether it was on the altar rails, family pews, painted gallery or bench ends. A real show-off in wood. It certainly grabbed the attention of Sir Edwin Lutyens. For reference, look up his Viceroy’s House in New Delhi, India.

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Llangar Church

Llangar Church, a mile or so away, is a few centuries older in construction than Rug. Its whitewashed appearance cloaks a master of disguise. Inside, the 15th-century wall paintings still survive, thanks in part to the church making way for a new place of worship in Cynwyd in the 1850s.

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There’s also rather gruesomely an 18th-century figure of death on the walls. Who said church was all about fun?

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