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St. Columba's Church (Long Tower)

Address: 6 Victoria Place, Derry, Northern Ireland
Phone Number: 44-28-7126-2301
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Ranked #37 of 138 things to do in Derry
Type: Religious sites, Architectural buildings, Sights & Landmarks
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Letterkenny, Ireland
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491 reviews 491 reviews
254 attraction reviews
638 helpful votes 638 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

This beautiful church can be found beside St Columba Heritage Centre, outside Derry's walls, and was opened in 1788. A parish priest named Fr Lynch, started raising funds for it, and got support from both Catholic and Protestant people. It is said that the interior could match any church in Rome. I'm no expert on churches, but I was impressed... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Just visited the St. Columba's Church and Museum in Derry, NI. It was a great experience. The interactive boards and displays were awesome. You have to include this in your tour of Derry. It has a lot of history and great relics. Tom

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Ireland
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43 reviews 43 reviews
17 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

The Long Tower is a Catholic church that has an unsual altar piece and interior layout. Apparently the altar was funded by the Chuch of Ireland Bishop Harvey and it was made in Naples. Some of the pictures on the walls are of a similar design. The stained glass, the balcony, and the ceiling are all impressive. The sum of... More 

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Canberra
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105 reviews 105 reviews
37 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

From a distance, the tower looked great. But up close, you can't see it. The churchyard is very interesting, but the church itself was locked up. It would have been nice to go inside.

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Dundonald, Belfast.
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63 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013

A bit out of the way for tourists like us who don't really know their way around, but so very well worth finding. This place is simply stunning !! I'm not at all religious but this place gives you a very real sense of well-being. Really recommend a visit.

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Toronto, Canada
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27 reviews 27 reviews
5 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

Although I am partial since my Great Grandmother was married here, this church is simply beautiful.- very ornate with stunning stained glass, marble and woodwork. It''s historical significance in the city of Derry dates backs many centuries. There are still many remnants of "the troubles" evident ( ie/ barbed wire fencing etc) when walking in this neighbourhood.

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Derry. N.Ireland
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42 reviews 42 reviews
29 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

This is a "MUST' place to visit. The altar is white marble and the brown marble pillars rise graciously above, framing beautiful images in marble. The walls are covered with gorgeous painting and each stained-glas window tells a story. In the centre aisle the first altar stone in white marble is embedded. The date is 546 AD. Further down the... More 

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Derry, United Kingdom
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40 reviews 40 reviews
4 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2012

a holy , spiritual chapel that will leave you feeling humbled

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Derry, United Kingdom
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77 reviews 77 reviews
27 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2012

Excellent history and position in Derry. Well worth a visit to read about the first church built at this site.

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Derry, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2012

Attended a wedding here. Lovely architecture and an especially beautiful altar.

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