St. Nicholas Church Lesser Town

Malostranské náměstí 14, Praha 1

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Address:Malostranské náměstí 14, Praha 1
Capacity:276
Winter heating:No
Wheelchair access:No

St. Nicholas Church is a gem of Baroque architecture known for its tradition of organ and classical concerts.

The most famous Baroque church in Prague, The Church of St Nicholas, can be found on the Lesser Town square next to the former Jesuit college. With the neighbouring belfry, St Nicholas is the most distinctive landmark in the Lesser Town, completing the unique panorama of PragueThe Church of St Nicholas, designed according to the model of main Jesuit church Il Gesù in Rome, is a superb example of High Baroque architecture, a temple that astonishes with its size and magnificently decorated interior. Creation of three generations of architects, it was designed and successively built by father and son Dientzenhofers, Krystof and Kilian Ignac, and completed by the son-in-law of the latter, Anselmo Lurago. The construction lasted for almost fifty years (from 1703 to 1752) and the temple was decorated by leading artists of the era, such as Ignac Frantisek Platzer (inside and outside statues), Frantisek Xaver Palko (frescoes), Jan Lukas Kracker (frescoes), Karel Skreta (paintings), Johann Hennevogel (stucco) and many others. Due to its artistic qualities, St Nicholas Church is today considered one of the most valuable Baroque buildings north of the Alps. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart played the church's main organ during his stay in Prague.
Shortly after his death the requiem mass for Mozart was served in St. Nicholas church, with members of the Prague Theatre Orchestra performing Requiem in Es by his contemporary Frantisek Antonin Rossler-Rosetti. Thanks to the lively music tradition St. Nicholas Church in Lesser Town has been one of the most important centers of cultural life and sacred and classical music in Prague. Nowadays, concert dramaturgy revolves not only around the liturgical year but also around national holidays celebrated in various countries.

Please note:

The Church is open for visitors daily from 9.00 to 17.00.
In a part of St. Nicholas Church scaffolding will be placed for most of the 2017 season, due to restoration of the main fresco.
In concert season 2017, the concerts are performed on Positive Organ, situated under the cupola.


Walking distance from Prague Ticket Office - Via Musica shop on Old Town Square:
25 min

Accessibility by public transport:
metro A (green line) - Malostranska stop, trams 12, 20, 22, 91 - Malostranske namesti stop

Nearest car parking: 
Malostranske square

Upcoming events

International festival Dvorak´s Prague

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September 2017

From the very beginning the main goal of the Dvorak Prague International Music Festival is to promote the good name of Czech culture via the legacy of the works of Antonin Dvorak, his contemporaries, and his pupils.

13th International festival Prague proms

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June and July 2017

What a pleasure to present great international Prague Proms festival highlights for the thirteenth year in a row! Traditional Proms style is to put together a charming blend of classics and jazz.

International Festival Bach for all in Prague

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July 2017

The music festival devoted to the compositions of Johann Sebastian Bach will take place during 14th-28th July in Prague. Bach’s works will be presented by the most renowned Baroque music performers from the Czech Republic and abroad.

Respect two day Festival of world music in Prague

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June 2017

Twentieth edition of the longest running Czech world-music festival internationally known for its adventurous and innovative programming will be held on Saturday 17th of June and Sunday 18th of June 2017 in Prague centre.

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