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Prague - St Nicholas Church Old Town Square
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The lovely white facade of St. Nicholas Church gleams in the corner of the Old Town Square in Praque. The Baroque church was completed in 1735. It replaced a parish church, mentioned in records dating back as early as 1273.
St. Nicholas is one of the most stylistically pure and beautiful examples of high-baroque architecture north of the Alps. Once you enter, you will be in a gilded Baroque dream. The architectural style was considered to be radical, hence the term 'Radical Baroque of Bohemia'. The characteristics of 'Radical Baroque' include seductive curving of walls and the meeting of oviform spaces. St. Nicolas is a prime example.
The towers and the dome of the cathedral are intentionally the same height, 74 m, and they are both conceived so that they correspond panoramically with St. Vitus Cathedral at Prague Castle.
After centuries of religious disputes and wars that introduced several changes in its Baroque original style and decoration, the Czech Hussite movement took control of the church that since then is used as a church and a magnificent venue for classical concerts. Mozart himself once played the 2500 pipe organ that echoes throughout the massive church of St. Nicolas.
April 7th, 2012
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