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When Venice won the Lepanto war in 1571, the bells of the bell tower of San Nicolò were the first to announce the great victory, as the Benedictine fathers were the first to see the ships returning to the lagoon.

The church of S. Nicolò is located north of the Lido of Venice, near the tip of the same name that controls the mouth of the port where there is also the Nicelli Airport.

The original building was erected around the middle of the 11th century during the stave of Domenico Contarini and was inaugurated in 1053. Structured with three naves with three apsidal chapels, it showed a rather small size. This did not bother the faithful as the church was extremely visited by practicing Venetians who paid homage to the relics of three saints stolen from Myra from the Venetian fleet in 1100: San Nicolò the Great, San Nicolò Zio and San Teodoro.

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