The Church facing the Como Lake
The Cathedral of San Nicola in Lecco during the #italiagrandsketchingtour.
After the pause, I reached the city of Lecco that I have been very curious about. Maybe because I parked far from the center, maybe the really hot weather and the tiredness, but I couldn’t enjoy immediately the city. It is very beautiful but in a way I couldn’t feel at ease. Sometimes there are places that you don’t get along with straight away, like people. They have to be discovered slowly and you have to search deeper to get the right feeling.
For me it happened once I got to the long lake of Como that is absolutely breathtaking and I really enjoyed visiting the historical center during the time of the aperitivo. There were many beautiful sights but being tired I allowed myself only to draw the Cathedral of Saint Nicolas which I really liked, leaving the rest of the beauties of Lecco for a next visit.
A first church was built here in the 13th Century, but many changes were made during the time, to arrive to the shape that the Basilica has nowadays. Quite recently, in the 18th Century, it acquired its Neoclassical style, with the columns and the timpano.
Interesting enough, the bell tower was erected at the site of one of the turrets in the medieval walls of the city, razed during the 19h century, and this explain the particular style of the construction that is totally different from the rest of the church. Also, with its 96 meters, it is one of the highest bell towers of the whole Italy.