Starting from August 2020, the church of San Nicolò, which together with the Venetian Customs frames and characterizes the old port of Lazise, reopens for visits by citizens and tourists.
Times are still in course of definition, while in compliance with the rules against the spread of Covid-19, the entry route is separate from the exit route. On Saturday 1 August at 11am, the municipal administration has scheduled a brief inauguration to mark this important moment, which marks the end of the restoration work that began in May 2017. A larger ceremony is scheduled for autumn, when the set-up will be completed internal: they are in fact still under renovation the benches, the party and the wooden crucifix believed to date back to the '300, above all' in red Verona marble found in recent months under the floor of the area apse. Small Roman jewel of the XII century, historically the church of San Nicolò is owned by the Municipality of Lazise, except for a period in which it was mistakenly registered among the assets of the parish. The restoration just completed it was impressive. The first part concerned the structural consolidation of the building, which involved the perimeter walls, the apse vault, the bell tower and the roof renovation with insulating material. The intervention carried out to prevent the infiltration of moisture from the floor, one of the greatest dangers that in recent decades has caused damage to the church and its artistic heritage is fundamental.
The second part of the work was dedicated to the internal restoration: particular attention and care were devoted to the recovery of the frescoes of which the church is rich, some dating back to the 14th century (such as the crucifixion scene, attributed to the Giotto school) and others of the following century. During this phase it was also decided to leave part of the original terracotta flooring in view.
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