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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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  • What a wonderful building. The stained glass windows alone are well worth a visit. We got a warm welcome and had an unscheduled, interesting tour. 
  • We called in to the Cathedral to ask a few questions and the staff were really helpful and enthusiastic! Within a few minutes I was looking at Baptism records belonging to my Great great Aunts and Unc...  more »
  • Beautiful Gothic style building with a rich history. The interior certainly merits a (free) visit when it's open. 
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  • I was married here had a service for my 40th anniversary, it is and always will be the most wonderful place in the world.
  • 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.
  • Small Gothic style cathedral situated within the ancient city walls.
  • The organ is very cheap looking.. So are the windows
  • Beautiful cathedral you can access from the walls