St Nicholas Church
St Nicholas Church
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The Church of St Nicholas in Lesser Town in Prague, the most famous Baroque church in Prague, stands along with the former Jesuit college in the centre of the Lesser Town Square. It represents a magnificent example of the "Prague Baroque" period of the 18th century. W.A. Mozart himself played the organ in this church!
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Neighborhood: Malá Strana (Little Quarter)
Malá Strana is one of the oldest and the most beautiful neighborhoods in the city. Nestled underneath Prague Castle it was once a part of the Kings route taken by future kings on their way to coronation - originating in the Old Town, crossing Charles Bridge and leading to Saint Vitus Cathedral. Cobblestone streets are lined with picturesque medieval houses, remarkable palaces, churches, kitsch shops and restaurants. Do not hesitate to turn a corner into any narrow street. You will suddenly find yourself in a calm and charming neighborhood full of hidden gardens, parks with peacocks, fruit trees and ponds. As the neighborhood is a home to Czech Parliament and many ministries, you can also run into well-dressed officials. If you are thirsty or hungry, it is the right place to be. Restaurants offer delicious traditional food and of course, the best Czech beers.
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  • Lesser • 8 min walk
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  • Gidons51
    Herzliya, Israel4,336 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A very nice Baroque style church built in the 18th century, in Lesser town of Prague.
    A very nice Baroque style church , situated at Lesser town . Is visible from many parts of Prague because of its Green big dome . Go in on your way down from the castle back to the city . Disappointing, admission not free .
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 23, 2023
  • GAR
    243 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the most beautiful churches in Europe
    I saw several beautiful churches in Prague but this one rivals some of the most famous in all of Europe. It’s truly breathtaking. I recommend going up to the gallery to see it from a different angle. I went pretty close to closing time and it was fairly quiet
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 14, 2023
  • WanderingOttersons
    Denver, Colorado1,384 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ornate and colorful on the inside
    Much different from its larger relative up the hill, this is a much brighter and much more ornate church. different colors of marble, gold trim and many frescoes adorn the inside of this beauty. We came down the hill from the castle and the Cathedral and this was just a shocking change. This is much more reminiscent of many of the churches we saw in Italy versus what we’re typically seeing in the Germanic regions. A stunner of a church...if you’re into that sort of thing.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 28, 2023
  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, Minnesota3,565 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interior is the Most Beautiful Church in Prague and Panoramic Views from the Belltower
    The interior of this Baroque church is arguably the most beautiful in all of Prague and should not be missed. The exterior is also a stunning sight especially when illuminated at night. Located just over the Charles Bridge in the quaint Lesser Town (Mala Strana) which is a neighborhood that is worth exploring. You can also climb the 200 steps of the belltower of the church for some great panoramic views of the city. The best views are actually about halfway up as it is open air as opposed to the small windows that you need to peer out at the top of the tower. From here you have great views of the Lesser Town, Charles Bridge and the Old Town across the river plus views of nearby Prague Castle and Strahov Monastery. On Friday and Saturday nights at 6pm, there are relatively inexpensive classical music concerts offered with tickets that can be purchased on the day of the concert.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 10, 2023
  • fobl11
    Birmingham, United Kingdom661 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A stunning church
    Me and my wife thought we'd pop in to have a look at the church while we were in the old town square and we both thought it was stunning inside. The huge amount of detail in the stonework and the paintings. Plus the huge chandelier that welcomes you as you walk in. Free to enter!
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 5, 2023
  • Mari
    29 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spectacular
    Beyond breathtaking and spectacular. Nobody there but us. WAY WAY better than our basic tour of Prague castle, which was ABSOLUTELY HEAVING on the Sunday we went. St Nicholas church was so beautiful and uncrowded,
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written February 18, 2024
  • Tommo
    Melbourne, Australia50,580 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Baroque church completed in 1755
    The Church of St. Nicholas is a baroque church. It was built between 1704 and 1755, replaced a Gothic church that was consecrated in 1283. This church is magnificant and includes tours, church services, concerts, and other events.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 5, 2024
  • Ebenezer E
    Texas8 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Uncrowded and peaceful, the way I like it
    We had the place all to ourselves, which made the experience even more special. It far surpassed our basic tour of Prague Castle, which was incredibly crowded when we visited on Sunday. St. Nicholas Church was particularly beautiful and peaceful, without the usual crowds.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written March 29, 2024
  • Robbert L
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands1,677 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spectacular ceilings
    Spectacular ceilings. You have to pay a small entrance fee but absolutely worth it. The paintings on the ceilings are spectacular. Via a staircase access to the first level with great views. Worth a visit.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 3, 2024
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JBT2
Atlanta, GA227 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I love seeing Baroque period cherubs all dipped in gold and this church did not disappoint. Marble, and tons of it, grandeur, awe inspiring interiors, just as designed for masses to impress the glory of God. Entrance was 100 Czech Crowns. I never mind making a donation like that to help conserve period these treasures.
Written January 14, 2020
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rdrozd7
Boston, MA595 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Business
Entrance from the north side of the Malostranské Nám. (other facade from the tram stop)- fee CK 100 but worth that investment. There are 60 steps going up, for close and personal viewing of the painted walls and ceiling.
Please, don't confuse this structure with another St.Nicholas in Old Town!
Written January 11, 2020
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Wenovo
Morris County, NJ2,089 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Beautiful baroque church, located on Malostranske namesti.
There are two St. Nicholas churches in Prague. The picture featured above is the St. Nicholas Baroque church located in Mala Strana. It is one of the most beautiful churches in Prague, perhaps the most ornate.

Mozart played the organ here, but then again, Mozart played in quite a few places in Prague.

The church belfry, can be accessed and is open to the public.
It is an ambitious climb, the only way to get to the top, since there is no elevator.

Just another tower to climb, but with an interesting twist. During the communist era, there was a small observation "office" at the very top, overlooking and observing the American Embassy nearby. I lived in Prague those days and we had no clue it existed.

How ironic - the communists spying from the church tower ...
I felt sorry for the guy whose job it was. He had to climb the stairs to his office every day.

If you like to get a close up view of the church green cupola, stop for a drink on the terrace of the Coda restaurant located in the hotel Aria nearby.
Written September 26, 2020
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Peter Graysinp
Cos Cob, CT180 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Prague is wonderful during the Christmas holiday season. Prague is practically a mini north pole so we figured that we could meet Santa at the St. Nicholas Church, or at the very least determine whether or not he existed. When we got there, we saw a very Christian looking church with no sign of Santa. We asked the docent that were standing by where Santa was and they just coyly smiled and said "we want to believe too!" So that tells me that Santa does not visit the church dedicated to him in Prague, which is very ungrateful in my opinion. We cannot conclude that he doesn't know about it, though.
Written January 22, 2020
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George L
Preston, UK681 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
A stunning experience as you enter the church. The Baroque style is breathtaking and with the magnificence of the Cathedral you will experience the awe, wonder and mystery of an exceptional Christian building. The love of the original builders pervade the whole church. Superb.
Written January 30, 2020
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Ali921
Edinburgh, UK1,502 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This review is for the church situated just off the Old Town Square. Inside is dominated by a magnificent chandelier. The Altar and decoration are impressive as well but there is nothing unique about this church. Concerts are performed in the church which can be very atmospheric. We enjoyed a performance of Vivaldi. Tourist visit because it's (there) on the main square.
Written January 10, 2020
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Lucinda T
Kingman, AZ344 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
One of the two Late Gothic and Baroque St. Nicolas Churches in Prague built by architect Dientzenhofer. This one is in one corner of the Old Town Square. Services and concerts are held there regularly and the acoustics make hearing the church organ a delight. Interesting trivia: the church was used by the Czech partisan during the 1945 uprising to hide broadcasts of Radio Prague, when the main radio building was under attack by the Waffen-SS.
Written April 30, 2020
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Thanks for your comprehensive information, Lucinda T, but your it applies to the St. Nicolas Church in the Old Town Square, but this one is in the Lesser Town Square. Hope we will fight this confusion one day :)
Written May 4, 2020
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ram88doc
Navarre, FL266 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Don't miss this church in Lesser Town Square when you are in Prague. It is one of the most valuable Baroque churches north of the Alps. When you walk in the size of the building and the statues is almost overwhelming. The height inside the church to the top of the lantern is 187 feet making it the tallest interior in Prague. This is the most ornate church we have ever visited. It took approximately 100 years to complete this church. The artificial marble columns are actually stucco. The are four massive statues of the Eastern Church Fathers below the cupola. The frescos on the ceiling are amazing. You can go to the second floor to see the paintings on the ceiling in more detail. Entrance fee is 100czk for adults and 60czk for children and seniors over 65.
Written October 21, 2022
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TravelingSoccerLoon
Saint Paul, MN3,565 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
The interior of this Baroque church is arguably the most beautiful in all of Prague and should not be missed. The exterior is also a stunning sight especially when illuminated at night. Located just over the Charles Bridge in the quaint Lesser Town (Mala Strana) which is a neighborhood that is worth exploring. You can also climb the 200 steps of the belltower of the church for some great panoramic views of the city. The best views are actually about halfway up as it is open air as opposed to the small windows that you need to peer out at the top of the tower. From here you have great views of the Lesser Town, Charles Bridge and the Old Town across the river plus views of nearby Prague Castle and Strahov Monastery. On Friday and Saturday nights at 6pm, there are relatively inexpensive classical music concerts offered with tickets that can be purchased on the day of the concert.
Written October 11, 2023
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Kate L
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Solo
Have not seen the inside of the church but accidentally stumbled upon side entrance leading to the thin tall tower and it was the best discovery I made in my own city. The stairs get pretty narrow and you actually come to the absolute top of the tower looking out of the tiny windows which you can barely see from the ground. The fact that communist state security (StB) had its lookout here to observe diplomats and other “objects of interest” tells you how much you can see from the top even though the windows are small. There is a neat animation inside the top lookout. Below is a narrow observation deck. The tower also shows historical lodgings of people living inside and ensuring operation of the tower (18/19th century). Very much worth the entrance fee of CZK 150 and helps you get in your daily steps!
Written October 28, 2022
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