We, Hans, Sharrie and I wanted to see the INTERIOR OF ST. NICHOLAS and we were not disappointed. The entry fee was 50CZK or $2.50 CDN.
The Church is dominated by the Main nave. Its vault is covered by a fresco depicting the life of St. Nicholas and dates back to 1760.
The Baroque Organ was built by Tomas Schwarz during 1745 - 46.
The first impression you have is how golden everything appears. My Photo doesn't do it justice as it was so dark in there.
The Look-Out Gallery in the TOWER OF THE CHURCH OF ST. NICHOLAS is accessible by 215 teeny weeny stairs. Yes, I did finally make it up those stairs after a few rest stops. Hans and Sharrie were already up there wondering what was happening with ole LoriPori. After huffing and puffing my way up, I was rewarded with a wonderful panorama of the historical center of the town. You could clearly see the towering twin spires of Our Lady Before Tyn and the vivid red-tiled rooves of the surrounding buildings. Yes, it was definitely worth it.
Entry fee 50CZK per adult
Not to be mistaken with the other church in the Old Town Square, this Bohemian baroque building, dedicated to St. Nicholas(Nikulas), bearer of gifts to women and children, took more than five decades to build. Its cherub laden interior and the whole of it is described as the pinnacle of Baroque flamboyancy in Prague.
Wolfgang Amadeus, played the organ here when he visited this city.
The most striking building that we visited. This is something that must be seen. There is an entrance charge (50 Kcs I think) and the Prague card is not accepted here. The outside looks striking in its own way and the dome dominates the skyline on this side of the lesser town. However, nothing can prepare you for the Baroque interior. Ceiling frescoes of St Nicholas' life and his feats are painted on the ceiling. The altar itself , pictured here, is quite spectacular. Check out the huge figures that dominate the nave area. This is a clear message by the Jesuits who commisioned the building in the first place. They were apparantly excluded 25 years after it was completed.
You could literally spend an entire day in Old Town Square (Staromestsk? n?mest?). There is so much to see and do. Just standing in the middle of the square and allowing yourself to turn slowly in a circle you can begin the feel all of the history around you. St. Nicholas church is located in Old Town Square. The current church was completed in 1735.
While I was in Prague there were nightly classical concerts conducted in this church. Tickets were available at the church during the day. There were also street vendors walking through the tourist area offering tickets for the concerts.
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
The Church of St. Nicholas, or sv. Mikulas, in the Old Town Square of Stare Mesto tends to get confused with St. Nicholas's Cathedral in Mala Strana, on the other side of the river.
Completed in 1735, by Kilian Dientzenhofer, and decorated with white stucco, it has been nicknamed, the wedding cake, and is a classic example of Prague baroque architecture.
Mozart played the organ here and organ concerts are still held in the church, with heated seats being provided for the audiences in the winter months.
LoriPori's Walking Tour of Prague continues on over the Charles Bridge where we will take Mostecka Street which leads us to ST. NICHOLAS CHURCH ON LESSER TOWN or Mala Strana.
It is among the most beautiful Baroque constructions in Europe. It was built during the second half of the 17th century.
Built in 1735, ST. NICHOLAS CHURCH - OLD TOWN is pleasing to the eye with its creamy Barocque facade, filled with Saints and Icons. St. Nicholas sits on the corner of the Old Town Square where Parizska Street branches off toward the Jewish Quarter where the next part of our tour will take us.
This Baroque masterpiece is the main Czech Hussite church in Prague , a somewhat strange choice given the architectural excesses more typical of Catholic churches. It had been originally built for the Jesuits from plans by Christoph Dientzenhofer, the leading Baroque architect of his time,with construction completed in 1735. The dome was added later in the 1750's. Historically, control of the building is complex. During WWII, the church was restored by Czech soldiers housed there. It was returned to the Hussite church after WWII and has remained such. The beautiful white exterior of the church was obscured by other buildings until the beginning of the 20th Century but today's visitor is able to see the stunning white facade with multiple sculptures by Antonin Braun both during the day by sunlight at night by powerful lights.
The other church in the old town is more visible than Our Lady Before Tyn. St Nicholas (not to be confused with church of the same name in Mala Strana) was built in 1735. Ironically this elaborate church was chosen by the czech Hussites who are normally opposed to pomp of Catholoicism.
A small admission fee gains entrance to the beautiful interior of this church. Light, bright, and airy, the decorations are certainly worth the price. The interior chapel was modelled after the chapel at Saint Louis des Invalides in Paris. The original stucco decorations were by Spinetti and the frescoes by Adam. They are a magnet for art students today. In 1781, by order of Josef II, all the decorations were removed and sold and the building was used as a granary and then an archive. In 1871, The church became Russian orthodox and the magnificent chandelier made in Bohemia was a gift from the tzar. In 1920 the church became and remains Hussite. The ceiling paintings show scenes from the life of St. Nicholas and St. Benedict. Also worth noting is the full size image of St. Nicholas at the altar and a great organ played by, among others, Mozart. Today, there are frequent sacred and secular concerts almost every evening, particularly in the summer. Art students flock to the church to study the decorations included.
A beautiful church on Old Town Square. It was completed in 1735, but in 1781Emperor Jozef II ordered the closure of monasteries the decorations were removed. During WW!! the Czech army were stationed in this church and artists at the same time restored a lot of it. It now belongs to the Hussite movement.
We saved visiting the interior of St Nicholas for a rainy day - its woth a short vist I think - small entrance fee too. Lovey frescoes and many paintinmgs by leading artists of the day - you'll get a leaflet explaining its construction and treasurezs if you go in.
Of note is the baroque organ (1746) which Mozart plaayed in 1787 and the fresco above it of St Cecila, the patron saint of music.
Certainly I thought so. St Nicholas' church is more intimate and imposing in its own way. Check out the organ which is above the entrance. The upstairs gallery was open to give you a real close up of the frescoes. This is a photo of the main ceiling picture which is very similar to the paint my numbers set from last Christmas.