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Apprentice Boys' Memorial Hall
Apprentice Boys' Memorial Hall Review
Imposing in its Scottish Baronial fortified grandeur, this is a meeting place for the exclusively Protestant organization set up in 1715 to honor 13 Apprentice Boys who slammed the city gate in the face of the Catholic King James in 1688, sparking the Siege of Derry; ever since, it has remained a symbol of Protestant stubbornness. They like celebrating the past in this part of the world, and, not to be outshone by the energetic spirit of ecclesiastical renewal all around, this organization has also benefitted to the tune of £3.2 million for a grandiosely titled "Siege Heroes Museum and Shared Space Visitors Centre" planned for 2014. The new center tells the fascinating story of the105-day siege and chronicles the history of the Apprentice Boys. A look-alike sandstone scale model of Walker's Pillar—blown up by the IRA in 1973—has been re-created. As well as the new center, the Memorial Hall itself has also been renovated. At the time of writing the museum was scheduled to open in summer 2014. Check with the tourist office or call the center to make sure the work has been completed.
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