St Columb’s Cathedral is reputedly the first Protestant Cathedral to be built in Europe after The Reformation and is Derry’s oldest surviving building that is still in use today. It was built on the city’s highest point between 1628 and 1633 for the ‘new settlers’ or ‘planters’ from England and Scotland which had just arrived. It was built by the Corporation of London on the site of an earlier church and was designed to resemble a medieval English parish church. It is dedicated to St Columba who established the first Christian settlement here in the 6th century a.d.

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