Church of San Nicolás

Madrid, Spain

San Nicolás church dates back to medieval times, although it has been much altered over the centuries. It 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.

The most interesting feature of this temple is undoubtedly its tower, dating from the 12th century except the Herrerian style spire tops, made of slate for the 18th century. It has a square and is constructed of brick decorated with blind arches. The brick has dimensions of 30 x 15 cm in the lower parts, but it was the brick bell tower area are smaller and of a different hue. This tower possibly corresponds to one of the Arab minarets preserved in the city. The tower was transformed in the 14th century, when it changed the cover, which was subsequently replaced by the spire.

 

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Plaza Biombo 1, Madrid, Spain
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Founded: 12th century
Category: Religious sites in Spain

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Marie Bates (7 months ago)
Beautiful rococo church. Worth seeing if you like ornate architecture.
Marie Venter (8 months ago)
A hidden gem! The mass was beautiful and the 4-man choir was perfect. The church is lovely inside, not spectacular, but quietly lovely. And the congregation is welcoming. Muchos gracias!
Shachar Pinkas (18 months ago)
The oldest church in Madrid that is still active, from the 12th century. The bell tower is built in the Moorish style, because at that time the Christians liked to copy the style that the Muslims used
Scott Cleverdon (2 years ago)
Beautiful with great peace and originality
Harry Smyth (2 years ago)
Lovely small church where I attended Mass on my recent visit to Madrid. Only realised on my return home that it is the oldest Church in the city. Tried another closer to Gran Via but it was closed and therefore using my phone found the Church of St Nicholas. Again didn't realise that the Cathedral was just around the corner where I attended Mass a few days later on 15th August - it is magnificent and well worth a visit situated beside the Royal Palace.
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