The beautiful St. Nicholas Church at the Old Town Square
was completed in 1735, and replaced a parish church mentioned in records dating back to 1273.
St. Nicholas is a Baroque church, the interior of which was inspired by the chapel of St. Louis-des-invalides in Paris. The delicate stucco decoration was executed by Bernardo Spinetti, and the frescos by Peter Adam the Elder. The sculptures are by Antonín Braun.
In 1781 the decoration inside St. Nicholas was removed after emperor Josef II ordered the closure of all monasteries without a social function. After some time, in 1870, St. Nicholas became Russian Orthodox.
During the second World War Czech army units were stationed at St. Nicholas, and working alongside artists of the day, the troops were set to work restoring the church. Much of what we see today is thanks to their meticulous work.
After the war, St. Nicholas was handed over to the Czech Hussite movement, with whom it remains.
It wasn't until 1901, when the Krenn House was demolished, that St. Nicholas's lovely white façade became visible to the rest of the Old Town Square. It simply gleams, hit by the sun during the day and lit by strong white lights at night.
St. Nicholas now serves as both a church and as a magnificent venue for classical concerts. During the winter the interior of the church is heated, but it is advisable to wear warm clothing for the concerts.
For listings and to book tickets for classical concerts at St. Nicholas Church: Prague concerts.
To discover more about St. Nicholas Church, take a Prague tour:
Prague Grand City Sightseeing Tour
Prague Grand City Sightseeing Tour & Boat
Best of Prague Walking Tour
Prague Explorer Walking Tour.