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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  • The church is located 2 steps from Calle Mayor, on the opposite side of the Cathedral Castrese (the church of the military, and then from the square with the monument to the victims of the attack on King Alfonso XIII and his wife); just walk a few meters calle de San Nicolas and you get to the plaza de San Nicolas (which is actually not a real square but only a street slightly wider than an alley). It is the oldest church in Madrid (it is believed, from the examination of some archaeological remains, which may have been a mosque in the past), but externally of the original era remained only the bell tower in the style of mudejar, whose slate spire was added 18th century. Apart from the bell tower, the rest of the building is insignificant, however devoid of facade, with side entrance via a baroque portal. The interior is also modest, and retains the typical appearance of an 18th-century church (on the other hand, the last modifications of the church date back to that period). On the right side of the only aisle opens the chapel of St. Nicholas, to which the church is dedicated. The only part that can present a certain interest is the presbytery, both because the oldest part appears (it is preceded by an arch with a classic Arabic shape and the vaults retain the Gothic ribs) and because it is embellished with wooden panels covered with red velvet and topped with golden plates. The general aspect vaguely reminded me of an Orthodox church, perhaps because of the shape of the different chandeliers present. Opening hours are quite limited, especially in the days. weekday; SS schedules should also be taken into account. Masses: Monday 8.30am-1pm and 7pm-8.30pm; Tue/Sat 8.30am-9.30pm and 7.20pm; Sun.10-13.45 and 18.30-20.45; Ss. Masses in the week days 9.00 and 20.00; holidays 10.30, 13, 20). As mentioned in the title is the church of the Italian community of Madrid. Forbidden to take photos inside (prohibition incomprehensible because there is nothing actually worth photographing).
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  • Church Of St Nicholas Of The Servitas ( Iglesia San Nicolas De Las Servitas ) is a beautiful old church located in the beautiful plaza, Plaza De San Nicolas, the tower dates from the 12th century and ...  more »
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  • Looks nice for the oldest church on Spain but they didn’t open the plaza doors so there was no way to see the church
  • Nice place, must see for Dutch people.
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