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St Nicholas Cathedral (Old Town) (Chrám sv. Mikuláše (Staré Město))

St Nicholas Cathedral (Old Town) (Chrám sv. Mikuláše (Staré Město))

This monumental Baroque church was built from 1732 – 1737 according to plans by Kilián Ignaz Dientzenhofer. The side facing Pařížská Street has since been subsequently rebuilt during modern times. The interior, with its interesting lighting effects, is dominated by a crystal crown chandelier from the Harrachov glassworks, donated by russian Tsar to the Orthodox Church. Today the Czechoslovak Hussite Church uses the building is as a concert hall. The existence of the church is first mentioned in a Břevnov Monastery deed from 1273, but a St Nicholas chapel has stood at the marketplace since the Romanesque period. The church was reconstructed in the Gothic style in the 14th century, expanding to a three-aisle church with two towers, an attached rectory, school, cemetery and ossuary. The Jan Milíč of Kroměříž in around 1360 and later Matthew of Janow both preached at the church. The church belonged to the Hussite camp. French incendiaries set fire to the Old Town in 1689, the resulting conflagration completely destroyed the original architecture of St Nicholas. As a result, the decision was made to tear down the church and erect a new one in its place. One of the most renowned Baroque architects, Kilian Ignaz Dienzenhofer, was commissioned to build the new church. In 1732 – 1737, a monumental piece of Prague Baroque architecture was erected at the cost of Benedictine abbot Anselm Vlach. The stucco work was executed by Bernardo Spinetti and his journeymen, the frescoes were painted by Bavarian painter Cosmas Damian Asam, and the sculptures are the work of Antonín Braun, who had taken over his uncle Matthias Bernard Braun's famed sculpture workshop. It was here where Dr. Karel Farský announced the establishment of the Czechoslovak Hussite Church in 1920; to this day St Nicholas remains a Hussite church.

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Dallas Hyatt08-Jun-2017 16:06
This is so much fun! Very creative. Bravo!
Fabienne26-Apr-2017 19:23
C'est original avec les bulles au premier-plan.
William Barletta07-Apr-2017 03:56
Wonderful with the bubbles as a sign of new times ~V~
barbarajoy04-Apr-2017 12:45
Brilliant composition Jose!
Graeme30-Mar-2017 21:34
Great capture of the cathedral and bubbles, Jose.BV
Irene Wehrli28-Mar-2017 09:05
I like this picture with the bubbles Jose - the thumbnail caught my eyes...
Anna & Christian RECK19-Mar-2017 14:08
Delightful picture full of charm!! BV. Anna
Julie Oldfield15-Mar-2017 01:49
Superb! V
danad14-Mar-2017 09:04
Superb capture ! V.
Ton T.13-Mar-2017 18:36
Wonderful composition José! V
Jeff Real12-Mar-2017 13:17
This is just the coolest street moment! ~V~
Yvonne12-Mar-2017 10:40
What a well-timed shot to capture the bubbles floating in front of this
lovely cathedral! v
Ton, Ben & Rob Nagtegaal12-Mar-2017 07:32
This is beautiful, well capture Jose. V
GaleriaFotoStefan12-Mar-2017 06:14
So much fun! Great capture, well done! V
Charlene Ambrose12-Mar-2017 06:11
Love how you captured the bubbles in your image! I just saw these bubbles in Hong Kong. Nice work! V
Neil Marcus12-Mar-2017 05:27
So detailed and well captures. a charming image, Jose. "VV"
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