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Welsh Dragons descend on castle on St David’s Day

A pair of enormous Welsh Dragons have marked St David’s Day with a flying visit to Caernarfon Castle.

Credit: Cadw

The colossal creatures, complete with their reptilian scales, sharp claws and piercing black eyes, have been spotted in a romantic embrace — or “cwtch” in Welsh — on Caernarfon’s Town Square, with the castle walls looming in the background.

The Dragons’ arrival marks the launch of the Cadw's Live the Legends campaign, which will bring Wales’s dramatic history to life during Visit Wales’s 2017 Year of Legends.

Credit: Cadw

Dragons feature in many of Wales’s great myths and folklores, and the Cadw Dragons (Dewi and Dwynwen) have been named after St David and St Dwynwen — two of Wales’s most renowned patron saints, made legendary for their selfless deeds in ancient Wales.

The Welsh Dragon first appeared on Henry Tudor’s flags at the Battle of Bosworth and more than 500 years later, it is still a celebrated emblem of Wales which Cadw is proud to have brought to life.

The Year of Legends is all about telling the epic histories, myths and stories of Wales on both a local and international stage, and we’re confident that the arrival of a second Cadw Dragon, alongside Cadw’s thrilling programme of events and immersive experiences, will do just that.

– Ken Skates, Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure

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