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St. Nicholas Church in the Old Town Square
Park and Church of St. Nicholas in the Old Town Square Though smaller and not as rich as the Cathedral of St. Nicholas from the Lesser Town, The Church of St. Nicholas in the Old Town Square plenty deserves its place among Prague’s most appreciated and visited places. If you just think about the eight centuries that it has stood and faced the wickedness of the history you come to look at it in a totally different way. Taking about history, let’s take a look at the church’s past:
Horse carriage in front of the St. Nicholas Church in the Old Town Square Historical sources mention this place of worship as early as 1273, originally as a parish church, where Hussitism and Reformation used to be preached. Later in the 17th century the church fell into Benedictine possession and after burning down in a fire, it become famous architect Kilián Ignác Dienzenhofer’s mission to give it a Baroque look in the 1730s. The Church of St. Nicholas remains one of his best works and reminds a lot of his other masterpiece, the Cathedral of St. Nicholas in the Lesser Quarter. Then the real tough times came. The Church was closed during the rule of Josef II and the expensive interior decorations were sold. The new “empty building” served as a granary for a while and then as a registry archive. Not until 1871, when it was used by the Russian Orthodox Church, was the church returned to its original purpose. The only noticeable “souvenir” from the orthodox era is the splendid crystal glass chandelier, made in Harrachov glass works in northern Bohemia.
The 20th century brought new decorations with Neo-Baroque style paintings, statues, and a life size sculpture of St. Nicholas put in the niche of the church. Since 1920 the Church of St. Nicholas has been a Hussite Church, with beautiful greenish Baroque towers and dome that can be seen from all over the old town centre.

The picturesque interior can be visited every day except Sundays, when a Holy Mass is being held. It is also a very appreciated place for religious and classical music concerts.

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Comments (432)

Kathia Erzinger Prox on April 29, 2012

Other wonderful photo.

Ovidiu Anca on April 30, 2012

Beautiful St. Nicolas view! LIKE.

Jorge Carvajal on April 30, 2012

Great work. Congrats. LIKE

Erhart Orty on April 30, 2012

Premysl Great shot, impressive! like215

Greetings from Austria, Erhart

Bakoriño on May 1, 2012

nice! good view! good gallery greetings oscar

sergio Delmonico on May 1, 2012

Beautiful visuals, it seems to me a fairy tale! Excellent architecture picture. Sharpness and clarity are perfect. Excellent composition, nice done, TFS.

Have a nice day,


Premysl on May 1, 2012

Thank you all for the encouraging comments, and like, YSL. I read your comments very carefully and I appreciate it. I'll be glad when you come to see my gallery again :)

Many greetings to my Panoramio friends


Ernandes C Santos on May 1, 2012

Imagem impressionante, maravilhosa....Desejo muita paz e saúde...Um abraço, do seu Amigo Ernandes...Saudações de São Paulo - Brasil

Tom Portschy on May 1, 2012

Beautiful shot from above! Like

Best wishes, Tom

lurdesa_ on May 1, 2012

Great photo .and great Country. Praga . Republica Checa . like 220


Zygmunt Borowski on May 1, 2012

Piękny kościół, like!

Pozdrawiam, Zygmunt

Pasapa. on May 1, 2012

Beautiful view Ilike it, greetings...............Pa.

Dr.Azzouqa on May 1, 2012

Excellent composition.


Best wishes from Jordan.


Hollis chen on May 2, 2012

Very Nice view..Beautiful place...

very good photo.. LIKE

Best wishes from Taiwan,Hung Chu Chen

Hubert S on May 2, 2012

Piękne odwzorowanie szczegółów i światło. Like.

Zsuzsanna Bánfalvi on May 2, 2012

Very beautiful place .. nice shot !


My friendly greeting,Natuska

sergio couto on May 2, 2012

bela cidade

Andrei Matusov on May 2, 2012

Beautifully! Excellent picture!

Like 228

Thanh Nguyen Tran on May 2, 2012

Fantastic church & awesome picture. Like Greetings, nguyentran

Kai Kitsada on May 2, 2012

super shot...........F59 + L229....greetings,Kai.

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Photo taken in Old Town, 110 00 Prague-Prague 1, Czech Republic

Photo details

  • Uploaded on March 4, 2012
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    by Premysl
    • Camera: Canon EOS 1100D
    • Taken on 2012/02/29 17:21:45
    • Exposure: 0.003s (1/400)
    • Focal Length: 18.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/4.500
    • ISO Speed: ISO400