Church of St. Nicolas (Parroquia de San Nicolás de Bari y San Pedro Mártir)

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Carrer dels Cavallers, 35

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Churches/Religious Sites, Tours Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
4.3

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  • 4.0Value
  • 2.5Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

With more than 20,000 square feet of elaborate frescos adorning its interiors, the Parroquia de San Nicolás de Bari y San Pedro Mártir has been called the Sistine Chapel of Valencia. Originally constructed in 1242, the church was remodeled and restored several times, perhaps most famously between 1690 and 1693 when the interiors were decorated with fresco paintings of scenes depicting San Nicolás de Bari (Saint Nicholas) and San Pedro Mártir (Saint Peter Martyr).

Recent travelers described the frescos as "beautiful" and "outstanding." Many strongly recommended renting the audio guide, which reviewers say provides important commentary for understanding all of the beautiful frescoes.

The church, which is within walking distance of other top attractions like La Lonja de la Seda, is open daily except Mondays. On weekdays, it is open from 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. It closes an hour earlier on Saturday. On Sunday, it's open to the public from 1 to 8 p.m. Tickets cost approximately 7 euros (or close to $8). Audio guides in multiple languages, including English, are including in your admission fee. Guided tours start at 8 euros (approximately $9).

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The green space is highly appreciated by recent visitors for the range of activities on offer as well as the peaceful atmosphere.

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