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Upon exiting Prazky Hrad Castle, one is blessed with the view across Prague and its thousand turrets, spires, belfries, towers, domes, et al. Even on a rather hazy day, you can appreciate the beauty of St. Nicholas Church - one of the most valuable buildings of Prague's Baroque period.

The monumental Baroque edifice built in 1732 - 37 according to the plans of K. I. Dienzenhofer on the place of a former Romanesque parish church, destroyed by a fire in 1689. The church has a layout of a Greek cross with a shallow choir and oval units between its arms, independently vaulted and interconnected with balconies and passages. Its two towers are surpassed by a central dome with a lantern situated between them. The facade on the south side with the main portal and towers is decorated with sculptures by A. Braun, the end of the church near Parνzskα Street was altered in a modern style and a pseudo-Baroque above-lifesize sand-stone sculpture of St. Nicholas was put in the niche. The elaborately formed picturesque interior is ranked among the best Dienzenhofer΄s masterpieces.
Updated: 13. 1. 2006
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(ref: http://www.pis.cz/en/prague/monuments/st_nicholas_church_old_town

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