Czech Republic

St. Nicholas' Church, Mala Strana, Prague, Czech Republic

A church has stood here in one corner of the Old Town Square of Prague since the 12th Century and was the Parish Church of the Old Town Quarter (Stare Mesto) until the completion of the Tın Church in the 14th Century. In 1620 the Church was given to the Benedictines and became part of a Monastery. The church is not to be confused with St. Nicholas' Church in the Lesser Town.

The current building was completed in 1735 with its dramatic white facade and elegant Baroque domes. In 1781 Emperor Joseph II closed all monasteries (in a very Henry VIII-move) and St. Nicholas' was stripped bare. In World War I it was used as a garrison and surprisingly it was during this period that the church was restored. After the War finished the newly-refurbished church was given over to the Czechoslovak Hussite Church.

Today, as well as being a place of worship, St. Nicholas' hosts regular music concerts.

Photo - Andrew J. Müller

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