Bangor, a university town, is one of the smallest cities in the United Kingdom. It is situated in a region of outstanding natural beauty where the Snowdonia Mountains reach the sea. The City sits on the edge of the Menai Strait (a narrow stretch of shallow tidal water roughly 14 miles long separating Bangor and the mainland from the Isle of Anglesey). The strait is bridged in two places - the main A5 road is carried over the strait by Thomas Telford's magnificent iron suspension bridge, opened in January 1826, and adjacent to this is Robert Stephenson's 1850 Britannia Tubular Bridge.
The city itself dates back to the founding of a cathedral by the Celtic saint Deiniol in the early 6th century AD. The name 'Bangor' comes from a Welsh word for a type of fenced-in enclosure, such as was originally on the site of the cathedral. The present cathedral is a somewhat more recent building and has been extensively modified throughout the centuries. While the cathedral is not the oldest, nor by any means the biggest, the bishopric of Bangor is one of the oldest in the United Kingdom. ....
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