This impressive piece of architecture is Derry’s Guildhall. It was built in 1887 using red sandstone and it’s style is described as neo-gothic with Tudor overtones. It has the 2nd largest clock face in the British Isles (next to Big Ben) and contains stunning examples of stained glass windows. Derry’s first 17th century guildhall was located in the Diamond area of the old walled city but it was decided that a new one should be built on reclaimed land over the River Foyle outside the walls. It was financed by the Honorable Irish Society at a cost £19,000 and it’s original name was ‘Victoria Hall’ after the reigning monarch. The name ‘Victoria Hall’ actually discovered on a foundation stone during recent restoration. Other landmarks in the city named after Queen Victoria are Victoria Market, the Queen’s Quay and Queen’s Street. The Guildhall has had a ‘rough old time of it’ over the years as it was badly damaged by fire in 1908 when only the clock tower survived and during The Troubles it was bombed twice. In 2013 the Guildhall underwent a major renovation at a cost of £9.5m and now boasts a new multifaceted tourism experience for visitors to the city. It has also scooped up many prestigious awards in architectural and construction competitions.(R)