Church of St. Nicholas of the Servitas (San Nicolas de las Servitas), Madrid

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The Church of San Nicolás also known as the church of Church of San Nicolas de Bari, or the Church of San Nicolas de los Servitas, is Catholic parish church in central Madrid, Spain.The church dates back to medieval times, although it has been much altered over the centuries. The building was declared Bien de Interés Cultural in 1978,. Its tower was already protected, having been declared a national monument in 1931.HistoryThe Church of St. Nicholas in Bari is named in the Law of Madrid of 1202 as one of the oldest parishes in the city. Today it is the oldest church in Madrid, after the demolition of the Church of Santa Maria de la Almudena. Archaeological remains suggest that the church and its bell-tower may have been part of a former mosque. It was likely constructed during the 12th century. The nave and chapels were renovated in the 17th century.By the 19th century, this church was poor in resources and parishioners. The parish was joined to that of El Salvador in 1805. For a time, the building was abandoned till the church was ceded in 1825 to the Third Order of Servites. When the nearby church of El Salvador was destroyed in 1842, this church gained its former status as a parish church.In the year 1891 the parish was relocated to a church that had been Anton Martin Hospital in Atocha street, today the Parish of San Nicolas and San Salvador, leaving the old building as the church of "St. Nicholas of the Servites", a name derived from the Servite Order, which still owns it.At the end of century profile interventions have been implemented, the main one being held in 1983. In some of these interventions was the replacement of the stone, he must be very poor, in the apse, where they appreciate different finishes to the original stone.
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  • A very quaint, historic church. Sadly, it is not open to the public, so unless you happen to be there for mass, all you can see is the outside.  more »
  • It was a bit hard to find. We persevered. I thought church opened at 6.30pm; decided to ring bell in the back just to check. I was told they open at 7pm. True, it is not very grand. We tried to transl...  more »
  • As a tour destination, I can't really recommend this church. We attended mass here, and the parish was pleasant, but the church is devoid of grand artwork or splendid architectural statements. The bel...  more »
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  • My sister got married in this little quaint church
  • Nice design, well preserved, but it was closed.
  • Beautiful little church. If you're wondering where Santa Claus as Dutchman. Apparently here. You see him at the entrance pictured above the door.
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  • Not to be missed is the Church of Madrid's oldest (has this location since the 12th century, although the present building is 15th). Here one of the most important architects, Juan de Herrera, author of the monastery of El Escorial is buried.
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  • It is the Church most ancient of Madrid. Its interior is simple. Another attraction is its location near the plaza de Oriente, main street and plaza mayor. It has Arabic touches the altar more precious, is a Virgin dressed in white. Not very large but very cozy.
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