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St. Columb's Cathedral, Derry

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St Columb's Cathedral in the walled city of Derry, Northern Ireland is the mother church of the Church of Ireland Diocese of Derry and Raphoe and the parish church of Templemore.It is dedicated to Saint Columba, the Irish monk who established a Christian settlement in the area before being exiled from Ireland and introducing Christianity to Scotland and northern England.HistoryThe original site of the diocesan cathedral was in Templmore. Due to the violence of the Nine Years' War, the church was destroyed. It was first damaged by an accidental explosion on 24 April 1568, the church having been appropriated for the storage of gunpowder. On 16 April 1600, Sir Henry Docwra entered Londonderry with a force of 4,000 soldiers. He tore down the ruins of the Big Church and used its stones to build the walls and ramparts of the city. A small square stone tablet from An Teampall Mór is today fixed into the porch of the present structure. The Latin inscription reads "In Templo Vervs Devs Est Verec Colendvs" ("The True God is in His Temple and is to be truly worshipped").The present structure, located close to the original, was completed in 1633 by William Parrot, in the Planter's Gothic style. Also in the porch is an inscription: If stones could speakethen London's prayseshould sound whobuilt this church andcittie from the grounde. St. Columb's has in its possession many documents dating back from the Siege of Derry. They have portraits of William of Orange and the original keys of the city.
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  • Impressive church, next to the equally attractive town wall. Majestic, radiates the grandeur and tranquillity. Beautiful interior.
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  • . St Columb's Church of Ireland Cathedral was built in 1633 by the city of London.What a beautiful church this is and with a most interesting history The wife of one of he Bishops of Derry Cecil Franc...  read more »
  • Free to get in, no photos without donation. This is an open Cathedral so do not be surprised finding someone praying or meditating any day, any time. Be respectful and if you are genuinely interested ...  read more »
  • My interaction with St. Columb's was very specific - they hosted our boy choir to perform as part of their service as part of our tour of Ireland. They were very gracious and appreciative and we enjoyed performing for them.
  • Beautiful cathedral you can access from the walls
  • The organ is very cheap looking.. So are the windows
  • Small Gothic style cathedral situated within the ancient city walls.
  • ...Incredibile history of this church.
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