“Detourism: La newsletter di Venezia”, the official Town of Venice Tourism Office Newsletter, takes us to discover Saint Nicholas, patron saint of glassmakers! Enjoy your reading!
The Saint who gave rise to the legend of Santa Claus
On 6 December, the island of Murano celebrates Saint Nicholas’ Day, here called San Nicolò, the 4th-century bishop of Myra, noted for his generosity. St. Nicholas is known to be the protector of children, but he is also the patron saint of Murano glassmakers and their ancient art. Saint Nicholas’ primary relics are preserved in Bari (southeastern Italy), city of which he is the patron saint, whereas the rest of the saint’s bones are kept by the Venetians in the church of San Nicolò at the Venice Lido. Another Venice church dedicated to the saint who gave rise to the legend of Santa Claus or Father Christmas is the beautiful church of San Nicolò dei Mendicoli, in the Dorsoduro district.
Discover the history of Murano glass
[source: La newsletter di Venezia, n. 46/2020 del 04.12.2020]
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