CHURCH of the Holy Cross, Mwnt has been named as one of the 50 most beautiful and historic churches and chapels in the National Churches Trust’s ‘Sacred Wales’ – ‘Cymru Sanctaidd’ competition.

Members of the public now have the chance to vote for their favourite.

People can vote online at until August 31 The winning church or chapel will be announced on September 28 and will receive a ‘Sacred Wales’ – ‘Cymru Sanctaidd’ trophy, together with a cheque for £500.

A spokesman for Church of the Holy Cross, Mwnt said: “Holy Cross Church, Mwnt (The Mount) is thought to be the oldest church in the county of Ceredigion – where prayer and praise has been offered to God down through the centuries.

“Many people find the church to be a special place – a ‘thin place’ – where the presence of God is very real.”

Huw Edwards, broadcaster and journalist, speaking at the launch of ‘Sacred Wales’ – ‘Cymru Sanctaidd’, which was hosted by The Most Reverend George Stack, Archbishop of Cardiff, said:

“The churches and chapels of Wales are some of the most beautiful religious buildings anywhere in the world.

“Now, ‘Cymru Sanctaidd’ – ‘Sacred Wales’, is giving you the opportunity to choose your favourite.

“We should all care about the heritage of churches and chapels which help tell the story of Wales. So let’s work together to keep them alive.

“If you’re looking for a venue to hold an event of a concert or community activity, why not pick one of your local churches or chapels?

“If you’re any good at DIY, why not volunteer with some repair work? Or if you’re simply looking for a day out in another part of Wales, why not pop into a church or chapel and discover the fascinating history?

“The religious heritage of Wales belongs to all of us so let’s celebrate it.”

The National Churches Trust is the national, independent charity dedicated to supporting and promoting places of worship of historic, architectural and community value used by Christian denominations throughout the UK.

The Trust does this through the provision of grants for repairs and modernisation, support, advice and information and campaigning to highlight the cause of church buildings and the value they provide to communities.