Iglesia de San Nicolás de los Servitas

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Iglesia de San Nicolás de los Servitas information

Location
Madrid , Spain
Address
Plaza de San Nicolás 6
Telephone
+34 91 548 83 14
Getting there
Metro: Ópera
Opening hours
8am-1.30pm & 5.30-8.30pm Mon, 8-9.30am & 6.30-8.30pm Tue-Sat, 9.30am-2pm & 6.30-9pm Sun & holidays
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Tucked away up the hill from Calle Mayor, this intimate little church is Madrid’s oldest surviving building of worship. It is believed to have been built on the site of Muslim Mayrit’s second mosque. The most striking feature is the restored 12th-century Mudéjar bell tower, although much of the remainder dates in part from the 15th century. The vaulting is late Gothic while the fine timber ceiling, which survived a fire in 1936, dates from about the same period. Despite plateresque and baroque touches, much of the interior is a study in simplicity. The architect Juan de Herrera, one of the great architects of Renaissance Spain, was buried in the crypt in 1597.