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"San Nicoḷ dei Greci - inside: general views" Top 5 Page for this destination Chiesa di San Nicolò - Greek Orthodox Tip by Mikebond

  San Nicol? dei Greci
by Mikebond
  • San Nicol? dei Greci - Trieste
      San Nicol? dei Greci
    by Mikebond
  • the ciborium - Trieste
      the ciborium
    by Mikebond
  • the crib - Trieste
      the crib
    by Mikebond
  • Saint Nicholas - Trieste
      Saint Nicholas
    by Mikebond
  • pulpit - Trieste
    by Mikebond

Open your eyes! I bet many of you have never seen so many golden and silver decorations in a church. I had exactly this impression.
My guide says that the inside of San Nicolò dei Greci has a "redundant ornament" and it is true. Although the church was built at the end of the 18th century, the inside show a clear horror vacui, the fear of emptiness that was typical of baroque churches. Actually, every centimetre of the church is filled in with an icon, a painting or something else. By the way, have you noticed what this church lacks? It lacks windows! Well, it has only very small windows on the facade. This makes San Nicolò dei Greci very different from San Spiridione, although both are Orthodox churches. Light is provided with chandeliers and this is the reason why the colours of some pictures differ from the real colour. Moreover, it is forbidden to use flash. The photos of this tip show:
1) a general view of the inside;
2) a kind of ciborium;
3) a painted Christmas crib under the ciborium; by the way, Greeks celebrate Christmas on 25th December, not on 7th January as Serbs and Russians; thanks to Jelena (VT Aurorae) for this information;
4) the icon of Saint Nicholas, the protector of this church;
5) the pulpit.
However, the most impressing part of San Nicolò dei Greci, as in San Spiridione, is the iconostasis.

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