Photos: In historically divisive Irish city, temple offers unity and light

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People come to see the temporary temple by renowned Burning Man artist David Best on Monday in Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

People come to see the temporary temple by renowned Burning Man artist David Best on Monday in Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

In Northern Ireland, in a city notorious for its Protestant-Catholic tensions, a beautifully intricate structure has been drawing large crowds.

They’re coming to see a 75-foot wooden temple, the creation of American artist David Best, who also builds structures for the annual “Burning Man” festival in Nevada.

Catholics and Protestants came together over two years to build it in Londonderry, also called Derry.

It’s open to residents to write about their hopes and dreams on the walls. They have until Saturday to leave their messages. On that day, the temple will be ceremoniously set on fire.

Visitors can write messages on the walls of the temple. Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Visitors can write messages on the walls of the temple. Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Messages remember loved ones and wish happiness and peace. Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Messages remember loved ones and wish happiness and peace. Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Protestants and Catholics built the wooden temple over two years. Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Protestants and Catholics built the wooden temple over two years. Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

The temple is a symbol of Catholic-Protestant unity. Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

The temple is a symbol of Catholic-Protestant unity. Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Visitors have until Saturday to leave their messages, because on that day it will be ceremoniously burned. Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Visitors have until Saturday to leave their messages, because on that day it will be ceremoniously burned. Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

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