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4.3 Áras Cholmcille

Áras Cholmcille – the St Columba Heritage Centre – is in the grounds of the Long Tower church. It is an ideal place to get an overview of the stories of Colmcille, patron of the city. It has interactive and audio-visual displays and artefacts, and a range of facilities for visitors, including a café.

Like the Long Tower Church, Áras Cholmcille stands on or close to the site of the 12th century Great Church, the Teampall Mór.

The medieval pilgrimage started at the old harbour, and ended near the Teampall Mór at a place known as An tIompú Deiseal, literally ‘the turn to the right’. It was believed that Christ appeared here to Colmcille, in the form of a beggar.

Áras Cholmcille is located in a former school dating from 1813. This was St Columba’s National School, known affectionately locally as the “Wee Nuns’ School”.

 

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    In the medieval city, Guild Hall Square was Port na Long - ‘the port of the ships’ on the banks of the Foyle. This is was a main approach to medieval city. It was also the starting point of a medieval pilgrimage described by Manus O’Donnell in 1532, and is the start...

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  • 4.3 Áras Cholmcille

    Áras Cholmcille – the St Columba Heritage Centre – is in the grounds of the Long Tower church. It is an ideal place to get an overview of the stories of Colmcille, patron of the city. It has interactive and audio-visual displays and artefacts, and a range of facilities for...

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  • 4.6 St Columb’s Cathedral

    It was the first Anglican cathedral built in these islands since the Reformation. The dedication stone for the building of the cathedral is inside the west door and commemorates the Londoners who paid for it, If stones could speake
    Then Londons prayse should sounde
    Who built this church and cittie


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