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St. Catherine's Church

A remarkable site, this vast Italinate parish church perches on a steep hillside above the Wye valley village of Hoarwithy - making parking difficult for the casual visitor. It was built by the wealthy Vicar of Hentland in 1870 in "South Italian Romanesque and semi-Byzantine" style according to Pevsner. The tall campanile and cloisteral arcade are certainly not you usually see in Herefordshire.

Within, the nave is plain but the chancel astounding. White marble columns support a dome with a golden apse to the east displaying a mosaic Christ as Ruler of the World. The pulpit and altar are of more white marble, inlaid with green marble, porphyry, lapis and tigers-eye. The floors are of coloured slabs and further mosaic work. A more British feel is given by the oaken choir stalls depicting local saints and scenes from the life of St. Dyfrig.

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