Icon of San Nicola in side chapel

Icon of San Nicola in side chapel

Postcard: St Nicholas Center Collection

Basilica S. Nicola in Carcere

Roman Catholic

Rome, Lazio

Italy

The area where the church now stands was once home to three different temples dedicated to pagan gods Janus, Iuno Sospita, and Spesonce. The church building is on the site of the temple to Janus and the interior has columns from the three Roman temples, some as old as 165 BC. The building served as a prison before becoming a church and is named for the patron saint of prisoners. Originally surounded by houses, the church is now isolated.

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S. Nicola in Carcere, taken from the Capitoline hill
Photo: Phil Draper <a href="http://www.churchcrawler.co.uk/" target="new" class="link">Church Crawler</a>
Left: Medieval tower, with bell thought to be the oldest in Rome, cast in Pisa in 1287<br /><i>Vintage postcard, St Nicholas Center Collection</i>
Icon of San Nicola in side chapel
Photo: J Rosenthal/SNS
The interior was rebuilt in 1599<br />Photo: Phil Draper <a href="http://www.churchcrawler.co.uk/" target="new" class="link">Church Crawler</a>