St. Columba's Church, Long Tower, Derry

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St Columba's Church Long Tower is a Roman Catholic Church in the Diocese of Derry. It is located in the heart of the city of Derry in Northern Ireland.

The present church is built on the site of Roman Catholic worship which goes back as far as the 12th century. The current Long Tower Church began life in 1783 in a much smaller scale than seen today. Father John Lynch, a parish priest in Derry started action to raise funds for building the Long Tower Church and he received finance not just from Roman Catholics but also Protestant people in Derry at the time. The church was opened in 1788.
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  • Found this church by chance,beautiful and peaceful,the art work and mosaics are stunning,from my observations it is well loved and looked after,the crucifixion outside is beautiful,  more »
  • This beautiful Church is a must for a visit when in the City of Derry. Amazing stained glass windows, marble altars and much more. A great history attached to this Church.  more »
  • Having heard of St Columba, and his Journey to Iona, I was interested to visit here, while sightseeing in the city. a very short distance from the city walls, so very easy to build into an afternoons ...  more »
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  • INSPIRING! From an arts, archeology, and cultural standpoint the Long Tower is a hidden gem. This is an active sanctuary so be respectful (and leave a few pounds). Highlights include the site of St. Columba's original altar. In 1908 the church was renovated so you will find transitional arts and crafts influences in the magnificent stained glass (these are replete with visual references to Derry and St. Columcille, look out for oak leaves and acorns, and doves), and in the intimate baptistery.
  • I've always loved the long tower church Built on the site of the old monastery of st Columba and his monks
  • The long tower is a very prayerful church the spirt Of st Columba and his love of the Blessed Sacrament is very much felt which helps us all to come closer to God I wish the Mass could be always seen on the I pad God bless all thank you
  • Beautiful church. Make sure to walk down from the walls to visit.
  • It's not in the Republic of Ireland it's northern Ireland !!

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Derry, or Londonderry, town center is a lively place to stay. Although the town itself suffered during the Troubles in Northern Ireland, the center stayed safe and has thrived. Consider an inn in the town center, perhaps a building painted with one of the well-known murals. less expensive hotels are available just outside the town's central area, close enough to the main attractions for convenient access.
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