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Church of St. Nicholas on Lesser Town Square


You will not miss Church of St. Nicholas in Lesser Town. If you are at any point in Prague with a view, you will see it.

Before building the church in Lesser Town

In his place was a Gothic church. In the middle of the seventeenth century, the Jesuits took on the local parishioners and rebuilt today’s Malostranske namesti by Giovanni Domenico Orsi’s plans. Kryštof Dientzenhofer designed the church itself. It took three stages to built the church.

Church building and its present

The first stage was between 1703-1711, when the western part with the chapels of St Anna and Barbora were built. In the next phase between 1737-1752 the main part of the church, including the tower, was built. After 1752 only lesser work on interior decorations took part, while the architect’s son-in-law was in charge of those reconstructions.

Firstly you can visit this church today for two reasons. One is a visit to the church itself, and another one is to visit a church tower in which the Communist StB had an observatory to watch the US embassy. You probably wil not find equipement like James Bond’s, but the beautiful view and an interesting part of our history is present. Hope you will satisfy yourself by at least one of the reasons. Don’t mistake this church in Lesser Town! There is another one with same name on Old Town Squre as well.



St. Nicholas Church

Malostranské nám., 118 00 Praha 1-Malá Strana, Czechia
+420 257 534 215
Now Open Now Closed Monday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Thursday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

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