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 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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  • August 20, 2017
    Beautiful Cathedral located at the top of the beautiful walled city of Derry-Londonderry. Beautiful on the inside and your outside, where a cemetery reminds us that we are all so deadly as unique. Inside is a reflection of its 400 years of history and the singularities of a country where the surname and coat of arms have been passports of life. It is certainly a must-see. It's free, for the moment...
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  • August 18, 2017
    Wonderful to find this historic cathedral within the medieval city walls of Derry open to the public and steeped in a rich history. A must-see  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    The most beautiful church of Derry which has a particular history. There are many original banners of ancient battles and in the Hall there is a Cannonball on the Church was fired. There is a presentation that takes you over a time span of hundreds of years. Look
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  • August 13, 2016
    I was married here had a service for my 40th anniversary, it is and always will be the most wonderful place in the world.
  • July 1, 2016
    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.
  • April 26, 2016
    Small Gothic style cathedral situated within the ancient city walls.
  • April 3, 2016
    The organ is very cheap looking.. So are the windows
  • May 13, 2016
    Beautiful cathedral you can access from the walls

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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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