Chiesa di San Nicolo dei Mendicoli, Venice

(4.8/5 based on 80+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Being on the edge of Venice, near the port authority and away from the sightseeing tours, still in full Carnival, which is when we went to see her, there was absolutely no one inside and almost no one outside, what continues to be a joy. Very austere out, brick, is one of the oldest churches of Venice, from the 12th century. The interior is very nice; protruding arches with statues that exist before the altar, as well as the body and the ceiling paintings. Curiously, there is a roof at the entrance, which served as housing for needy. Open Monday to Saturday, from 10.00 to 12.00 and from 15.00 to 17.30 hours and on Sundays and public holidays, from 09.00 to 12.00 hours. The entrance is free.
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  • Located on the outskirts, in a little-frequented by tourists, is well worth a visit.
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  • Not only because the gondolas carry grief. For me, it's the most beautiful church in Venice and I hope that she will be even further an insider's tip
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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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