Chiesa di San Nicolo all’ Arena, VeronaDecember 13, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ❄️ 1 °C
As we were exploring the streets we came across a church Peta and Errol had stumbled across earlier in their explorations. Chiesa di San Nicolo all’ Arena is a small and simple church situated just behind the Verona Arena, hence the name. There is something about the simplicity of this church that gives it a peaceful vibe, which is a good thing for a church. Construction began in 1627 and progressed slowly until 1630 when it was stopped due to the plague. Eventually new funds were obtained to continue and two side chapels, the sacristy and the vault were completed. Funds ran out before the dome could be built and the façade decorated, but the interior decoration was finished thanks to the help of some aristocratic Veronese families and in 1697 it was officially consecrated.
In 1806 the Theatines were forced to leave Verona and the church was closed following the suppressions wanted by Napoleon Bonaparte. Finally, after the war it was decided to finish the façade by using the façade of the Chiesa di San Sebastiano, which was destroyed by bombs during the war. However, no mention is made of the dome ever being completed. I believe the dome currently in the church is a painted illusion, while Brad thinks it is real. Due to the lighting in the church neither thought can be confirmed and searching the internet has not provided any definitive answers. I guess this is one thing we will never know.
One big difference in this church compared to others is the stained-glass windows. The majority of churches we have visited have had beautifully elaborate windows but the windows in this church are very minimalistic. I love the simplicity and elegance of these stained-glass windows, they add to the peaceful feel of this church.Read more