Chiesa di San Nicolò dei Mendicoli

The area around this church is thought to be one of the first parts of Venice to be settled, being so close to the mainland, and tradition says that the first church here, dedicated to St Lawrence, was built in the 7th century by Paduans fleeing the Langobards. (Although some books say that this building may have been a military structure.) Recent restoration work found the foundations of this earlier church, which was dedicated to St Lawrence, and discovered that it became Greek-cross shaped in the 8th Century. Fire destroyed this original church in 1105 and the current church was built.