Eppan Unterrain Kirche
Eppan Unterrain Kirche

S. Nicolò church

This little church is located at the roadsite in Riva di Sotto, on the road to Andriano to Bolzano.

The church in the village of Riva di Sotto belongs to the parish of S. Paolo. The construction dates back to the period of the 15th and 16th century. In 1512 the consecration of the church was mentioned. The patron saint, that is to say S. Nicolò, as the patron of travellers and merchants, suits this place very well, as once upon a time in Riva di Sotto there was a toll station. A particularly frequented trade route that connected the north with the south passed right in this place. The construction style of the S. Nicolò church corresponds to the late-Gothic period, but the steeple was added in the 17th century only.

The chapel is decorated with ceiling paintings and reliefs of several saints. The winged altar and several further elements have been added in the course of time. The altar is a masterpiece of its kind. It dates back to the late-Gothic period and is one of the few completely preserved of South Tyrol. It was created in a wood-carving workshop in Bolzano. On this altar you can see S. Maria with her child, S. Urbano and John the Baptist. The interior altar wings are dominated by women: S. Barbara, Margareth, Katharina and Apollonia.

However, one place is also dedicated to S. Nicolò, Rochus and Sebastian. On the so-called predella you can see the worship of the Three Kings.
On some Sundays and feast days of the year, there is also a Holy Mass in the church. Most of the time it is, however, locked.

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