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Columba Heritage Trail

Columba Heritage Trail

Linking the Past & the Future


What is the Columba Heritage Trail

The Columba Heritage Trail was commissioned by The Churches Trust as part of its contribution to the cultural heritage and life of the city and to celebrate City of Culture. A sculpture of the Saint, by artist Niall Bruton, is located in St Columb’s Park at the start of the trail. He is depicted releasing a Dove the symbol of Peace, which has been adopted as the trail’s logo.

Why was the Columba Heritage Trail founded?

The Columba Heritage Trail is highly symbolic as it utilises the Peace Bridge and part of the walls which is believed to be the original pilgrims trail in to the city. The Trail offers something unique among the range of guided tours in our City – this is the only one that focuses on the City’s shared Christian heritage.

The footsteps of reflection and healing signal a new chapter for the citizens of this City as well as celebrating our shared heritage. The Trail connects the past with the present and articulates the aspirations for the future.

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What are the aims of Columba Heritage Trail?

The City of Derry˜ Londonderry has a rich Christian Heritage with Saint Columba recognised as patron Saint of the City. This unifying figure and the surrounding rich heritage:

  • Brings our communities together through the symbolic linking of East 
    and West banks via to the Trail

  • Links the past with the present and provides an opportunity to reflect 
    and heal the division and hurt in our community

  • Contributes to good relations in the City

  • Addresses the shared safe space agenda through cultural 
    animation of public realm

  • Enhance tourism

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