Plan for Llanberis Sword sculpture in honour of Welsh Princes

A 20ft steel sword modelled on the type used by the Princes of Gwynedd is being proposed by Gwynedd council’s tourism and marketing unit. The aim of the large sculpture at Llyn Padarn in Llanberis is to raise awareness among local people and visitors alike of the history of Gwynedd and of Wales as a nation. Llanberis has powerful connections to the Princes of Gwynedd such as Llywelyn Fawr, Llywelyn ap Gruffudd and Owain Glyndwr.

Local craftspeople and contractors will make and install the proposed sword, which will stand by Llyn Padarn in Snowdonia, Gwynedd, north Wales, one of the largest natural lakes in Wales. The impressive remains of Dolbadarn Castle will stand above the sculpture. The monument will be in stark contrast to the controversial Iron Ring sculpture proposed to stand next to Flint Castle which was correctly criticised as a “disrespectful” symbol of oppression.

Image: Dolbadarn Castle photograph from Cadw

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