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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  • Far from the crowd, far from regular tours, a wonderful church that will touch you.i think it has a special spell. 
  • During our dash through the District of Dorsoduro, we visited also the pretty secluded Church "Chiesa di San Nicolò dei mendicoli which dates back". In contrast to other attractions in the Centre, we were the only visitors, had thus perfect peace and quiet. After joining we wondered first over the lush floral decoration in the Interior, until we realized the reason the exit through the side entrance: immediately preceding a wedding took place, when the wedding party was still on the photos.
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  • One of the most famous and lovely churches in Venice, yet the one most tourists are likely to miss. Its obscurity stems from it being tugged away at a remote Venetian area inside a particularly bewild...  more »
  • 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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