Ardboe Monastery

Ardboe Monastery is an ancient monastery founded in 590 by Saint Colman. In the 16th century, the old church built by St. Colman gave way to the present church (in ruins). The entire monastery was destroyed by fire in the 20th century. One of the main remains of the former monastery is the High Cross, the first one built in Ulster. There are a total of twenty-two panels of Old and New Testament scenes on all four sides of the cross.

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Christ Church Cathedral

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Dromore Cathedral

The Cathedral Church of Christ the Redeemer in Dromore was built in the mid 17th century. The first church on the site was the abbey church of the monastery founded by the future St Colman of Dromore around 510. Nothing remains of it, but it became the first cathedral in the diocese of Dromore. In 1870 the church was further enlarged with the addition of a baptistery and the location of the organ, and in 1899 an additional nave was added, giving the building its present layout.