St Nicholas's Church, Prague

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Malostransky kostel Sv. Mikulase.

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    Mala Strana - Kostel sv. Mikulaše

    by croisbeauty Updated Dec 26, 2013

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    There are three churches in Prague named "svetoho Mikulaše" and it, of course, could create a certain confusion. Two of them, one on Staromestke namesti and the other in Mala Strana the work of the same builders, Christoph and his son Kilian Ignaz Dientzenhofer from the famous family of Baroque architects.
    Malostranski St. Nicholas was built on the site of a former parish church which date back to 1283. The construction of the church began in 1703, by Christoph Dientzenhofer (died 1722), continued by his son Kilian Ignaz (died 1751) and completed in 1755 by Kilian's son-in-law Anselmo Lurago. The church is considered to be the masterpiece of the famous architects but neither of them lived to see its completion.
    The interior is richly decorated with statues, painting and frescoes by leading artists of the day. The church of St. Nicholas, in Mala Strana, is the largest of Prague's churches founded by the Jesuits.

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    Staromestske namesti - St. Nicholas church

    by croisbeauty Updated Dec 24, 2013

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    Kostel svateho Mikulaše (The Church of St. Nicholas) is remarkable example of Baroque architecture featuring elaborate sculptures created by Antonin Braun. The first parish church, established on this site in a Gothic style, dates back to the mid of 13th century and was also dedicated to St. Nicholas. The present look of the church was completed in 1735. The church was built by Christoph Dientzenhofer and after his death by his son Kilian Ignaz, and is described as the most impressive example of Prague Baroque and the Dientzenhofer's supreme achievement.
    The interior is richly adorned, the fine stucco embellishments were completed by Bernardo Spinetti and the stunning frescoes were painted by Peter Adam the Elder. In 1781, however, all the decoration and ornamental adornments were removed on the orders of Emperor Josef II who demanded that any monastery or parish church without a social purpose be immediately closed.
    The organ of the church has over 4000 pipes and were played by Mozart in 1787. The 79m high belfry was added in 1756 by Anselmo Lurago but unlike the church body it was completed in Rococo forms.
    From 1870 until 1914 St. Nicholas church was home to a Russian orthodox congregation. After the WW II the church was given to the Hussites, who continue its care today.

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    Beautiful church

    by solopes Updated Dec 20, 2013

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    Located in the centre of old town, this white and great church was built in the 18th century by the Jesuits.

    Used as a army's garrison during WW1, it was later given to the Hussite movement, and is now the place for summer classical concerts.

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    Lesser Town - St. Nicholas Church

    by kris-t Updated Sep 29, 2013

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    One of the most valuable buildings of the "Prague Baroque" period with a dominant dome and a belfry. The inside decoration is a specimen of the high baroque style.

    W.A. Mozart played the organ here during his stay in Prague.

    Opening hours
    March - October 9 - 17 daily
    November - February 9 - 16 daily

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    ST. NICHOLAS CHURCH - THE INSIDE

    by balhannah Updated Sep 13, 2013

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    I peeked inside St. Nicholas and could see it was a beautiful Church, so I paid my entrance fee and started having a look around. It is a shame that a father & son duo who constructed this Baroque beauty, passed away before completion.

    If you like Baroque architecture, then you will fall in love with this Church.

    The Church of St Nicholas is a fantastic example of High Baroque architecture.
    Inside are many fabulous statues, paintings and frescoes, the most magnificent one, is the fresco of the "Celebration of the Holy Trinity" which fills the 70m high dome. The painting "Angels- Homage to the Holy Trinity' can be seen below the organ loft. Built in 1745-47, the main organ has over 4,000 pipes and has been played by W. A. Mozart during his stay in Prague. Other beautiful paintings are the ceiling painting "Apotheosis of St Nicholas" from 1761, paintings in the Chapel of St John of Nepomuk, the altar painting of the "Visitation of the Virgin Mary" (1760) and a series of ten paintings on the subject of The Passion of Christ. There are many more, too numerous to mention!

    The artificial marble on the columns, pilasters and cornices and the polished marble sculptures of saints from 1752-55 stand in front of the pillars. Four statues of the Eastern Church Fathers from 1769 stand below the cupola. The copper and gold-plated statue of St Nicholas from 1765 is installed above the main altar with other sculptures.
    In 1765, the pulpit was made from artificial marble, and was decorated with the sculptures Allegory of Faith, Hope and Love and The Decapitation of St John the Baptist. It is one of the most beautiful I had seen.
    There is also a copy of the Gothic wooden sculpture Our Lady of Foy displayed in a glass case in the left side altar beneath the dome.

    This Church was painted in different colours to most, something that I found attractive! I could also climb the stairs to the Balcony and look down - what a view from here of the amazing architecture of this Church - A MUST DO!

    THIS CHURCH IS A MUST VISIT IN MY OPINION - I couldn't stop taking photo's!

    ADMISSION
    Adults: 70,- CZK
    Children and students (10 - 26 years): 50,- CZK
    Children under 10 years and the handicapped: free entrance

    Tours: daily 9 AM - 5 PM (on Tuesday till 6 PM), from November till February 9 AM - 4 PM.
    Opening hours: daily 9 AM - 5 PM (from November till February 9 AM - 4 PM). On December 31th closed.

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    ST. NICHOLAS CHURCH

    by balhannah Updated Sep 13, 2013

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    This is a lovely Baroque Church located on the corner of the Old Town Square. I must admit, I have never thought of Churches being owned by different religions, but this one was, first by Catholic Church, later by the Orthodox Church and now the Czechoslovakian Hussite Church.

    The church has lots of statues on its façade, two Steeples and a large octagonal Dome.
    The inside is quite stunning with its stucco decoration and ceiling frescoes depicting scenes in the lives of the saints Nicholas and Benedict.
    It's a really beautiful Church!

    Classical music concerts are held in St. Nicholas church almost daily.

    OPEN....Monday - Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday from 12 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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    ST. NICHOLAS CHURCH - THE OUTSIDE

    by balhannah Written Sep 12, 2013

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    I didn't know there were three St. Nicholas Churches in Prague until I began writing this review.
    The one I will review, is the largest of Pragues Jesuit Churches. I had been to Prague Castle and came across this Church when heading back to the city centre.
    It is located in Lesser Town Square, along with the former Jesuit college in Lesser Town. The former Jesuit college currently houses the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics of Charles University in Prague..
    It is hard to believe that this Church took approx. 100 years to build, no wonder the builders, a father and son, died before completion! The son-in-law completed the Church.
    The Belfry, built in Rococo style between1751-56 and the Churches dome, are both 79 metres tall. There is a large crypt beneath the entire ground plan of the church. The façade was completed in 1710, and has a larger than life-sized statue of St Nicholas and a crucifix. The actual façade is decorated with the crest of the church’s greatest patron, Franz von Kolowrat-Liebsteinsky and stone sculptures of the Western Fathers of the Church. This is the best example of the Roman Baroque in Prague.

    OPEN
    Apr-Oct: Daily 9- 5PM Nov-Mar: Daily 9 - 4PM

    ADMISSION INCLUDES THE TOWER
    70czk Adults
    50czk Students

    CONCERTS. from last days of March till first days in November daily except Tuesday from 6 PM, Advent and Christmas concerts from 5 PM (selected days only). Concerts last 1 hour.

    Public transport to get to St. Nicholas Church Lesser Town Square
    Tram stop: Malostranske Namesti (trams 12, 20, 22, 57)

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    Little Quarter's mighty big church

    by Jefie Updated Mar 25, 2013

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    This rather impressive church turned out to be one of my favorites in the city and it definitely is one of the highlights of the Little Quarter (or Lesser Town) area. Built over a span of nearly 60 years in the 18th century by a team of architects made up of a father, a son and a son-in-law (the Dientzenhofer family), St. Nicholas's Church is a magnificient piece of High Baroque architecture. The numerous monuments and frescoes that decorate the church form a lavishly tasteful ensemble. Some of the church's most striking features are its 79 m tall belfry, its 20 m wide dome, the high altar and pulpit, and the 1746 Baroque organ (which Mozart played in 1787). Visitors also have access to the church's galleries from where you get to enjoy wonderful views of the nave. Admission costs 70 CZK and you can visit the church on your own or choose to join one of the guided tours. Next to St. Vitus's Cathedral, I'd say this is one of the most memorable churches I got to visit in Prague.

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    St Nick's Church

    by Pomocub Written Dec 6, 2012

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    St Nicholas Church is located in the corner of the Old Town Square (The most popular meeting place in Prague). The construction of the church was finished in 1752 and the huge green dome at the top of the church is considered to be one of Prague's most popular and famous landmarks and one of the best Baroque churches of it's kind in the world.

    Concerts are regularly held at the Church for the fee of roughly 450 CZK for an adult and about 300 CZK for students. The world famous Mozart played at the church whilst staying in Prague. The concerts are usually classical or organ based music.

    Fees for entering the church are much less 60 CZK for an adult and 30 CZK for a child and free for children under the age of 10. The last tour admission is 15 minutes before closing time but if there is a concert scheduled for that day then the church will close 45 minutes before the scheduled concert time.

    Opening times:

    Mar-Oct: Daily 09:00-17:00
    Nov-Feb: Daily 09:00-16:00
    Church service: Sun 10:00

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    St. Nicholas Church

    by ruki Written Oct 5, 2010

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    Church was completed in 1735 and it replaced a parish church. It is Baroque church decorated with sculptures by Antonin Braun. From 1870-1914 St. Nicholas became Russian Orthodox. Then during the second World War, Czech army units were stationed here and artists were set to work restoring the church. Today it good place for the concerts.

    Opening:
    Mar-Oct 09:00 -17:00
    Nov-Feb 09:00 -16:00

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    St. Nicholas Church

    by mallyak Written Sep 8, 2010

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    Beautiful St. Nicholas Church at the Old Town Square was completed in 1735. It replaced a parish church, mentioned in records dating back as early as 1273.
    It wasn't until 1901, when the Krenn House was demolished, that its lovely white façade became visible to the rest of the Old Town Square. It simply gleams, hit by the sun during the day and lit by strong white lights at night

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    Less famous St Nicholas Church

    by muratkorman Written Sep 1, 2010

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    This church shares the same name with the famous one near the castle area. Compared to that one, it's smaller in size but still it's still a very nice example of baroque architecture. The churh dates back to 1730. While you are visiting Old Town Square, it's worth to drop by in this pretty church.

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    St Nicholas Church on Lesser Town

    by muratkorman Written Aug 31, 2010

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    The huge dome and the bell tower of St Nicholas Church is an important element of Prague skyline. It is considered as one of the leading baroque architecture in Europe. The statues inside the church give a different ambience to interior. There are many details within the church and the leaflet provided in the entrance indicates most of these clearly. The admission fee is 70 CZK.

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    St. Nicholas Cathedral in Mala Strana

    by June.b Updated Jun 22, 2010

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    There are 2 St. Nicholas churches in central Prague - one in the old town square and the other (this tip) in Mala Strana. Both are designed in baroque-style and both are city's landmarks.

    The beginnings of this cathedral dates back from the year 1283, the cathedral have 2 chapels on it's sides - St. Catherine and St. Barbara. The full construction was finished in 1752.

    You won't miss it, as it is directly the view upon entering the tower at the end of Charles Bridge along the Mostecka street.

    They are holding concert at this cathedral while I was there. I heard the organ inside the cathedral were once used by W.Amadeus Mozart.

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    Saint Nicholas Church at the old town square

    by June.b Written Jun 21, 2010

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    The 18th century white beautiful baroque church at the old town square is the St. Nicholas Church.

    The interior of the church is similar to the Paris chapel of St. Louis des invalides.

    I wonder though if it still serves as a church as I saw people queuing for a classical music concert inside the church?

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