St Nicholas Church
Prague • Czech Republic

From: Prague Travel Guide

See also: Rudolfinium Concert Hall Prague Festivals

St Nicholas Church, Prague, Czech Republic
This magnificent Baroque church which is known as Chram sv. Mikulase was built in 1703 on the site of the previous church of the same name and was designed by architect Krystof Dientzenhofer. Due to insufficient funds to complete the project construction stopped in 1711 and was further delayed by the black death and various wars that took place and so work on the church did not resume until some fifty years later.

It was Krystof Dientzenhofer's son Kilian Ignac who took on the construction work of the church after his father died, he added a magnificent dome to the church which is 74 meters in height. After Ignac's death the task fell to Anselmo Lurago who was Ignac's son in law, Lurago added a 74 meter bell tower which matches the height of the dome to complete this magnificent church.

The bell tower itself is open to the public and you can visit the gallery after climbing up just under 300 steps. The bell tower was used both as a warning post to spot if there were any fires nearby and if so in which direction they were in. The bell tower was also used as a spy post by the State Secret Service who used it to spy on the western countries embassies.

Inside the church are many superb frescoes, by artists such as Jan Lukas Kracker and Franz Palko as well as many paintings again painted with great detail which fill up the interior with colour, there are also well over 50 statues which fill the interior each one beautifully carved and positioned. There is also an organ which Mozart himself at one time played when visiting Prague and a stunning alter and high alter which are elaborately decorated with carvings and statues.

Attraction Location Guide
The St Nicholas Church is located in the centre of Lesser Town within Lesser Town Square.

There are tours of St Nicholas's church available most days.

There are evening concerts held at the church on a regular basis.