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Church of St. Nicholas

 Chiesa di San Nicola

High Altar

 

Presbytery

 

Major Frescoes

St. Nicholas

The church of Saint Nicholas is the smallest parish church in Valsolda. The dedication to this Saint appears obvious because he has always been considered the guardian of those who make use of water ways. According to tradition his body was stolen and transported by sea from the east to Bari. In a niche on the outside of the southern wall is a small statue of the Saint holding an alms-box. The modest interior has some interesting frescoes in the presbitery.
1)    Saint Nicholas orders the destruction of a pagan temple: he strangely resembles Saint Charles Borromeo, archbishop of Milan in the XVI century.
2)    Two priests in a boat with an amphora of oil, are caught in a storm caused by the Devil in the likeness of a woman; they invoke Saint Nicholas (in a small cloud above them). Following his counsel they empy the amphora into the lake and instead of oil out come lots of little black demons, and the lake appeases.
3) Three young ladies are looking out of a veranda overlooking the street. Their father cannot marry them because he has no money for their dowry and is therefore compelled to send them on the street. The Saint passes and throws a purse of money unto the windowsill. The scene is fresh and lively.
In the upper nucleus, the road coming down from Loggio, leads to the graveyard and to the nearby chapel of Saint Charles (1617) built on the occasion of thhe canonization of the archbishop of Milan. The road continues beyond the graveyard to the shrine of our Lady of the Caravina , and from there to Cima, once the extreme eastern border of
Valsolda.
 

 

 

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