Chiesa di San Nicolo dei Mendicoli, Venice

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San Nicolò dei Mendicoli is a church, which is located in the sestiere of Dorsoduro in Venice.HistoryThe islet where the original church was located previously housed poor fishermen, hence the addition of mendicoli ("beggars") to the name of San Nicolò. From then on, the inhabitants were called Nicolotti. The present structure dates from about the 12th century, with frequent reconstructions. The present bell tower was added in 1764 to replace an older one.The entrance lies on the right of the nave. The nave is bordered by peculiar Corinthian-like columns. The hooked bills of the capitals derive from the coats of arms of patron families. In the chancel is a 15th-century statue of Saint Nicholas holding three golden spheres, symbolizing the money donated, in his legend, to save three girls from prostitution. The canvases on the nave walls were made by various painters, including Alvise Benfatto. Two end panels on the ceiling are by Leonardo Corona and those in the middle by Francesco Montemezzano.The church and its interiors were used extensively in the 1973 Nick Roeg film Don't Look Now.
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  • August 4, 2017
    We came across this church by chance. It is a really lovely building inside as well as outside. The interior is literally beautiful and worth a visit.  more »
  • July 27, 2017
    Getting lost in Venice is an invitation that a book published some years ago addressed to the reader, in fact, sometimes the only way to discover hidden gems like this is abandoning the usual routes plotted by guides and follow an instinct for the curious traveler, not a tourist. The Church is one of the oldest in Venice, formerly the principal of Dorsoduro insomuch that the inhabitants were called Nicolotti, bitter rivals those of the opposite side of the city, said Carlos from San Pietro di Castello, near the arsenal. The Church is a treasure trove and artistic beauty to be discovered, it is worth spending some time although the motto in Latin on the steeple reminds us that the clock is ticking away inexorably.
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  • June 21, 2017
    The Church has its importance because it is perhaps the oldest in Venice for the Foundation, since it dates back to the seventh century, although the present building is of the thirteenth. The Interior has a rich decoration newer and holds the remains of a Saint.
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  • A splendid church, located away from all main touristic attractions, a few steps away from one of the universities of the city.
  • Small, but exquisite, a church of the working people. The 13th century fresco in the upstairs storage room is a gem.
  • Tucked away in a distant and tranquil corner of Dorsoduro, well off the tourist trail, it is one of Venice’s most charming but least visited churches. And if you are a fan of Nicolas Roeg’s film, Don’t Look Now (1973), there is an extra incentive to pay the church a visit, as it played a prominent role in the movie.
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