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Llanrwst Parish Church Llanrwst Conwy_County Wales
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Coffin of Llywelyn Fawr, Llywelyn the Great, Prince of Gwynedd, Wales. One of the greatest rulers of an independent Wales, Llywelyn Fawr was at the forefront of Welsh politics for over forty years. His coffin is now in St Grwst's Church the parish church of Llanrwst in the Conwy Valley North Wales. Llywelyn was born in Dolwyddelan about 1173, the son of Iorwerth ap Owain and the grandson of Owain Gwynedd, who had been ruler of Gwynedd until his death in 1170. Llywelyn was a descendant of the senior line of Rhodri Mawr and therefore a member of the princely house of Gwynedd. A plaque explains how after his death in 1240 Llywelyn, sometimes Llewelyn, the Great was laid to rest in the confines of Aberconwy Abbey, that was founded by Llywelyn himself in 1184. Sadly the coffin was removed during the dissolution of the monasteries and although the "splendid sarcophagus of Llewelyn now lies on display within the harmonious sanctuary of these holy walls" the whereabouts of Llywelyn's corpse remain a mystery.
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