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Chiesa di S. Nicola

The church was built in 1954, for the will of the parish priest at the time, the unforgettable Don Adelchi Fantini. The location of this large sacred building, which is annexed to a large parish complex, took place on a large plot of land located along the road that crosses the old farmhouse of San Nicola, at the entrance of the urban place by coming from the ancient "Terra di Mondragone", which is a district called "Piazza" nowadays. The plot still represented a small distance from the ancient walled land which later the building filled along with a series of other buildings that led to Corso Vittorio Emanuele and the place where the ancient Porta di San Nicola was located.

The project of the church and buildings annexed to it was entrusted to the roman architect Gaetano Rapisardi, who also created the Facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia (Department of Letters and Philosophy) of the University of Rome "La Sapienza" and the church of San Giovanni Bosco in Cinecittà, from which the mondragonese church reproduces the features.

The project was quite ambitious if compared to the minimum funds that the canon possessed. In order to meet the expenses Don Fantini had to resort to the offers of the many worldwide mondragonese emigrants in America. The building is set back from the street in order to obtain a small square on the front to gather the believers during the religious events.

Beyond the square you’ll be able to see the facade consisting of a porch surmounted by an attic floor. In the distance you can see the majestic dome whose setting vaguely refers to the one adopted for the Pazzi Chapel of Brunelleschiin Florence in 1429.

Under the porch there were originally five entrances (which today were simply reduced to three, placed in the central area) that allowed entry into the worship area which consists of a large square plan space surmounted by a dome and various chapels housing sculptures of saints (among these you’ll be able to see a large wooden sculpture depictingthe Assumption of the Virgin, a valuable work of the eighteenth century). At the top there is the apsis, on whose back wall you may see a large altar in polychrome marble which is surmounted by a wooden crucifix. Behind the apse there’s a bell tower in reinforced concrete which is closed at the end by a bronze sail.

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