St. Nicholas Church: Gothic and Baroque styles in Neda
The St. Nicholas Church is in the town of Neda. It has Gothic origins from the second half of the fourteenth century and it was refurbished into a Baroque style during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, specially in the outside, as it can be seen in its facade.
Today, this temple only preserves some Gothic elements inside, like the main chapel and an apse with a rib vault. The interior also features a pointed arch of triumph, born from some columns with capitals decorated with animals figuration. Outside, it has a Baroque image but without excessive ornamentation, since it shows a superposition of bodies in the bell tower.
The church is framed by two pilasters like buttresses, topped by a cornice which continues into the center of the facade and pinnacles that try to give a small idea of lightness that does not reach.
This temple is in one of the municipalities of the English Way. But those who want to walk only one day, it is remarkable that this church becomes a place of pilgrimage every Monday. Some devotes walk, specially women, to place candles and demanding favors of the saint. According to the tradition, they must attend at least three Mondays a month. These pilgrimages are called Caminatas de San Nicolás (St. Nicholas Walks) and the saint is known as the lawyer of difficult cases.