The collegiate church of St Nicholas founded in 1320 in Galway City is dedicated to Saint Nicholas of Myra, the patron saint of seafarers. The church now belongs to the Church of Ireland. Amongst the visitors to St. Nicholas over the centuries is probably Christopher Colombus who came to Galway in 1477 on the way to America and Oliver Cromwell in 1652 where his soldiers vandalised the church and carved figures and used the the church as a stable for their horses after the siege of Galway. There are many interesting monuments and memorials in the church. Many musical performances are held in the church during the year.