St Nicholas's Church, Prague

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    St. Nicholas Church in Lesser town

    by Raimix Updated Jan 31, 2010

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    Defeating Hussites movement at Batlle of White Mountain (1620) was the point to start building new Catholic churches. First church here stood from 1283, later new one was constructed, with plan of Krystof Dietzenhofer and his son Kilian Ignac Dietzenhofer in 18th century. Church is named as a pearl of Prague Baroque style and main landmark of Mala Strana (Lesser Town).
    Main church designer Kilian Ignac Dietzenhofer (1689 – 1751) was famous German architect; his works are as parts of Czech Baroque. He got education from father Krystof Dietzenhofer and famous Austrian architect Johann Lukas von Hildebrandt. Kilian’s other famous works are Golz – Kinsky palace and St. Nicolas Church in Old town hall of Prague.
    As I understood, church is opened for concerts. One organ is demonstrated here, used by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart at his part of life in Prague.

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    St. Nicholas Church in old town

    by Raimix Updated Jan 31, 2010

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    St. Nicholas has a long history starting from 12th century, when at the same side stood medieval church that was the most important in Prague old town till the construction of Church of Our Lady before Tyn.

    The baroque form how it looks now was designed by Kilian Ignaz Dietzenhofer, in 1735. Church consists both of beautiful exterior and interior. Interior is created as a copy of famous St. Louis-des-invalides chapel in Paris. Now church serves masses for Hussites community.

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    St Nicholas Church. High boroque Architecture.

    by wandabendik Written Apr 28, 2009

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    Inside the church of St Nicholas..
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    It's the most magnificent Baroque building in the city,built on the left bank, the plain west facade doesn't prepare you for the high baroque interior, which portrays some of st nicolas's feats along with his role as santa claus, he is also depicted here rescueing sailors id distress, saving women from prostitution by throwing them bags of gold, and repriving from death three unjustly condemed men. At the far end of the church is a dome which is very impressive due to its height and the four church fathers leering over you, one of whom brandishes a gilded thunder bolt, while another garrottes a devil with his crozier.

    Costs 60 Kc's for the entrance fee.

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    St Nicolas Church

    by dejavu2gb Written Mar 28, 2009

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    Completed in 1735 the beautiful St Nicolas Church on the old Town Square.
    St. Nicholas is a Baroque style church and is decorated with sculptures by Antonín Braun.
    From 1870 until 1914 St. Nicholas Church became Russian Orthodox. Then, during the 2nd World War, Czech army units were stationed here and maintenance work started to repair the church.

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    A venue for classical concerts

    by viddra Updated Jul 7, 2008
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    This masterpiece of Baroque architecture was built in the 1st half of the 18th century.

    The ceiling paintings show the Lives of St Nicholas and St Benedict.

    Today, classical concerts are performed here.

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    The most significant Prague Baroque Building

    by viddra Updated Jul 4, 2008

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    The Church was built in the period between 1704 and 1755 by the Jesuits. It was completely reconstructed in 1955.

    The Church is 75m tall with 79m-tall Bell Tower and has beautiful frescoes depicting the life of St Nicholas.

    The magnificent façade is decorated with the coat of arms of the Count of Kolovrat and Statues of the Fathers of the Church.

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    church of st. nicholas

    by doug48 Updated Jun 17, 2008

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    this beautiful church is located on little quarter square. this high baroque church was built between 1703 and 1761. the church was designed by christoph and kilian dientzenhofer. kilian dientzenhofer also designed st. nicholas church in old town square. this is one of the must see churches in prague.

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    by doug48 Written Jun 14, 2008

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    the church of st. nicholas is on the site of a 12th century church. it was old town's parish church until the our lady of before tyn was completed in the 14th century. after the battle of white mountain in 1620 the church became a benedictine monastery. the present church was built in 1735 by kilian ignaz dientzenhofer. in 1781 emperor joseph II closed all monasteries and the church was closed. during WWI the church was used by prague's military garrison. at the end of the war the building was given to the czech hussite church. the statues on the facade of st. nicholas were sculpted by antonin braun. one of the most beautiful and historic churches to visit when in prague.

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  • Evening concerts

    by Skanska Updated May 22, 2008

    Although quite high priced the classical concerts in the St. Nicholas Church is a nice break from the busy life as a tourist. One ticket is czk 490, which amounts to a little under eur 20.
    Usually the concerts start at 20 p.m. and the program comprises of Mozarts, Beethoven, Händel and Vivaldi and the likes.

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    St Nicholas Church

    by monkeytrousers Written Jul 17, 2007

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    This is an exampaly piece of baroque architecture. This church not only dominates the Prague skyline along with the castle but is a visual feast inside. There is some beautiful dome paintings and nearly all the pillars, trimmings, sculptures and statues are laced with gold leaf. I would highly recommend a visit to this church.

    Entrance costs 60 Kc

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    Kostel sv. Mikulase

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Mar 10, 2007

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    The church of St. Nicholas divides and dominates the two parts of the square of Mala Strana. The construction was initiated in 1703. The church is the masterpiece of the architects Christoph and Kilian Ignaz Dientzenhofer that are the greatest exponents of the Bohemian Baroque. The statues, the frescos and the paintings of the interior are work of the most famous artists of the epoch.

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    Kostel sv.Mikulase

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Jan 6, 2007

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    The beautiful Church of St. Nicholas rises on the place where in the twelfth century there was the church of the Old Town was. The building that you can see today was built by Kilian Ignaz Dientzehofer in 1735 in a Baroque style. The façade is adorned by statues made by Antonin Braun. During the First World War the church was used by the garrison that stay in Prague but the colonel that commanded it decided to restore the church avoiding the front to many Czexh artists.

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    Church of St. Nicholas

    by Helga67 Updated Dec 27, 2006

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    There are two St. Nicholas churches in Prague, one in Mala Strana and one on the Old Town Square. They are both baroque. I had a look inside the one on the Old Town Square and found it very impressive. Gold-capped marble columns frame altars packed with statuary and frescoes. A giant statue of the church's namesake looks down from the high altar and there is a very big lovely cristal chandelier.

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    St Nicolas in Mala Strana

    by el_ruso Updated Dec 23, 2006

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    There are two similarly styled St Nicolas churches in Prague: one here in Mala Strana, another in Stare Mesto. The one in Mala Strana is actually more impressive, perhaps the most impressive baroque building I have seen in Prague, and it was built in early XVIII century for the Jesuits.

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    St Nicolas on Staromestske Namesti

    by el_ruso Updated Dec 17, 2006

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    First of all, there are two (2!) similarly styled St Nicolas churches in Prague: one here in Stare Mesto and another in Mala Strana. Well, see both of them, since both of them are very impressive.

    St Nicolas (Sv Mikulas) in Stare Mesto was built in XVIII century. It is now used by Hussites. It also marks the beginning of the Parizska street, the main thoroughfare of the Josefov district.

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