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St. Nicholas Church, Prague

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Architectural Building Religious Site
An outstanding example of Baroque architecture in Central Europe, St. Nicholas Church dominates Prague's skyline with its iconic green dome. Constructed in the early decades of the 18th century, the structure replaced a Gothic church also dedicated to Saint Nicholas. The building's star attractions are its frescoes, sculptures, and a 4,000-pipe organ, reportedly played by Mozart in 1787. The ceiling frescoes, created by Johann Lukas Kracker, include an image of a Jesuit monk who, despite repeated injunctions not to do so, hid behind one of the columns and secretly watched the artist at work. Try to spot him by standing directly under the domed ceiling or by climbing to the church's viewing gallery. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Prague holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the St. Nicholas Church and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Not a very big church, but very beautiful, on the other side of the square from the Clock Tower. Worth going in.  more »
  • Looking at the outside of St. Nicholas Cathedral, one does not realize how magnificient it looks on the inside. Everywhere you look, left, right, straight ahead, and up, it is awe inspiring. Even the ...  more »
  • St. Nicholas Cathedral is one of the most beautiful cathedrals that I saw in all of Czech Republic! This is not a very big cathedral but it is worth going right up to the top to have a beautiful view ...  more »
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  • It's beautiful on the inside as well, after so many places milking tourists with admissions, we had to give it a shot. Access is free but restricted. I just find it hard to believe that they charge people to enter a church, a castle, a cemetery, a tower...
  • Prague has many Roman Catholic churches and St. Nicholas is one of the most beautiful. The inside is being renovated but still could be entered. This is the only church that we have to pay for entrance.
  • Breathtaking artwork! Ceiling floor and walls! Also don't forget to climb the tower and see the entire city! Great view!
  • This place is huge. If you're interested in the historical significance or Architecture definetly get a guide. Otherwise you can enter for free and just look around at most things. It's very impressive and you could spend several hours there.
  • It is one of the richest artwork in Church in the Prague, but wen I am visiting it is under reconstruction, you can't see the details appropriately, but still beautiful