When exploring Galway it may be easy to miss Ireland’s largest medieval church. Saint Nicholas Collegiate church is tucked in the middle of Galway’s medieval city center. The building was founded back in 1320 and dedicated to the Patron Saint of Seafarers, Saint Nicholas of Myra in honor of the city’s busy port. The building was extended in the 16th century with the financial help of two of the famous 14 Tribes (families) who had most control over the city. The unusual three roof profile was built by the Lynches and the ffrenches who each built a new side to the nave. It’s an unique architectural design and something not to miss when visiting the city of Galway!
One of the side windows was inspired by William Holman Hunt’s painting ‘the Light of the World’. I was able to snap this photo when we toured the church with a group and was captured by a stream of light coming from the left window. A glimmer of light for a new year!
Joy in the Journey!
Shamrock and Peach (Judith)