La Chiesa di San Nicola da Bari ~ Cosenza, Calabria

In past years on the Saint Day of San Nicola, I have blogged about the history of San Nicola and the Chiesa di San Nicola da Bari in Bari.

While living in Cosenza, I discovered another Chiesa di San Nicola da Bari.  It is located in the city center of Cosenza at Piazza E. Cenisio.  This church has a more modern look than its neighbour, Il Duomo, located across the river in the old center of Cosenza.  The Chiesa di San Nicola da Bari is an interesting building that has undergone many changes and restructure.  In fact, it was even relocated to make way for the growing city.

The history of the Chiesa di San Nicola da Bari dates back to the early 1600s and although the city of Cosenza has many churches, this particular church houses some interesting works of art, including oil paintings from the mid-1700s that depict scenes of the life of San Nicola.

The Parish of San Nicola was founded in the early 1600s for the Rivocati district of Cosenza.  Like many buildings in this city, it suffered incredible damage during the earthquake of 1783 and again in 1943 during WWII.

Chiesa di San Nicola in Cosenza

In 1961, the church was demolished to make room for the growing city center.  The “new” church was relocated and rebuilt in a more modern style by Roman architect Vittorio Ballio Morpurgo.  It is now surrounded by various building, stores and the hustle and bustle of the city center of Cosenza but still stands out, tall and proud.

Since today is the Saint Day for San Nicola, I want to send a special auguri to my father.

Buon onomastico papà!!! Ti voglio bene e mi manchi tanto!!

  1. Louise | Italy

    December 29, 2010 at 1:48 am

    Hello. Nice blog (I’m here via Bella Vita in Liguria). I’ll be back!

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