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St. Nicholas Church, Prague

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The Church of Saint Nicholas is a Baroque church in the Lesser Town of Prague. It was built between 1704-1755 on the site where formerly a Gothic church from the 13th century stood, which was also dedicated to Saint Nicholas.HistoryThe original Gothic Parish church of Saint Nicholas stood on the site of the present church which dated from the 13th century. In the second half of the 17th century the Jesuits decided to build a new church designed by Giovanni Domenico Orsi. A partial impression of the original planned appearance of the church at the time the Jesuits chose the initial plans by Giovanni Domenico Orsi in 1673 and laid the foundation stone is provided by the Chapel of St Barbara, which was built first so that mass could be celebrated. The church was built in two stages during the 18th century. From 1703 till 1711 the west façade, the choir, the Chapels of St Barbara and St Anne were built.The new plans involved an intricate geometrical system of interconnected cylinders with a central dome above the transept. The massive nave with side chapels and an undulating vault based on a system of intersecting ellipsoids was apparently built by Christoph Dientzenhofer. The pillars between the wide spans of the arcade supporting the triforium were meant to maximize the dynamic effect of the church. The chancel and its characteristic copper cupola were built in 1737-1752, this time using plans by Christoph's son, Kilian Ignaz Dientzenhofer.
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  • St. Nicholas Church was closed when we were there so we decided to climb the Belfry which is attached to the church. Lots of stairs but worth it, there are places to rest and they have quite a few inf...  more »
  • If you have a moment take courage and tackle the approximately 200 steps of the campanile.la view of the lesser town and Charles Bridge is really bella.all inside after about 180 steps there is the "guardian" that with very gracefully will explain the function ke had this steeple-Tower.
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  • Saint Nicholas Cathedral is located in the old town square and pass it. It is attractive not only for its architecture, but also a wonderful viewing platform, located on its bell tower. Very nice red rooftops, going the distance. Do not pass by, look at Prague from different angles.
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  • 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.
  • An absolute must see in Prague. The decorations are breath taking. The ambient gives you a special feeling even if you are not religious. The ticket is very cheap. Go in, take a sit and look at the amazing architecture, sculptures and paintings.
  • One of the most beautiful Baroque church in Prague. There are concerts taking place. Entry fee to church: 70CZK
  • Right in the middle of Malostranské náměstí where I normally take the tram is a large church, the St Nicholas. It forms a magnificent feature in Prague’s Lesser Town district. The church features a large dome and its bell tower serves as a great lookout point for the Lesser Town. Inside, the organ was once played by none other than Mozart himself, adding to its musical history.
  • Beautiful baroque cathedral. The interior's details are simply impressive. It wasn't too crowded during my visit which allowed me enough time to appreciate the church's beauty. Definitely worth the visit!