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 it is now the place for summer classical concerts.
This Baroque church was built in the 1600's and is one of Prague's largest churches. This Gothic church was built on the site of an earlier 13th century church. The church sits in a small square west of the river.
The Church of Saint Nicholas is a baroque church in Malá Strana.
It was built between 1704-1755 on the site of a former Gothic church from the 13th century. It was also dedicated to Saint Nicholas.
Entry cost 70Kč for an adult.
Located in main square, this wonderful white building is the most impressive of all.
After centuries of religious disputes and wars that introduced several changes in its Baroque original style and decoration, the Czech Hussite movement took control of the church that since then is used both as a church and as a concert hall.
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.
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.
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.
March - October 9 - 17 daily
November - February 9 - 16 daily
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!
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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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.
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.
Apr-Oct: Daily 9- 5PM Nov-Mar: Daily 9 - 4PM
ADMISSION INCLUDES THE TOWER
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)
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.
This lovely church at the edge of Old Town Square is almost forgotten with the grand sights of Our Lady of Tyn and the Old Town Clock.
There has been a church here since about 1273 according to records, and this church has a long and colorful history. Originally it was the parish church for Old Town until the completion of Our Lady upon Tyn, which is located right across the square. Following the defeat at the Battle of White Mountain, the church was handed over to the Benedictines, who redesigned the church. This was the work of Ignaz Deitzenhoffer and the new church was consecrated in 1737 in a new grand Baroque design. A sign of the times I guess.
It would have seemed to all go to waste after the Emperor Josef II ordered the closure of all monasteries without a social function. That would seem to be a mighty subjective order, no? After all, who defines what a social function is and whether or not it is good?
From 1870-1914 this served as a Russian Orthodox church. Later it served as a warehouse. Czech Army units were stationed in here during the Second World War and yet another restoration began. Following World War II St Nicholas became the property of the Hussite Church.
Though some of the intricate Baroque decoration was removed the Church itself is very pretty. Like so many other churches in Prague today, it often has classical music concerts in the evenings.