Church of St. Nicholas

Church of St. NicholasThe construction started in 1703 in the place of the original Gotic church of the same sanctification. The builders of the church were the Jesuits who gained the place due to the interference of the most influential men of the land –Albrecht von Wallensteinand also due to rich help of the Prague archbishop. It was such a meaningful building that the foundation stone was layed by the Emperor Leopold I. in person.

The first stage of the construction is represented by the top construction art of Kryštof Dientzenhofer who built the aisle space with the side chapels. The construction of the forty meters high, danamically convexly-concavely warped front and of the extensive aisle space was a pure experiment of this kind of the Baroque constructions in our country and also in Europe. Kryštof´s son Kilián Ignác Dientzenhofer who took over the construction after his father´s death performed the construction of the chancel with a huge dome of church. Another architect was Anselmo Lurago who added a slender bell tower between 1751-56. The church is entered through an entrance above which a heraldry of the Kolowrat dynasty – the importants patrons of the construction – is hanged.  The ceiling fresco painting with the theme of the Glorification of St. Nicolas by Jan Lukáš Kracker with its 1500 square meters belongs to the largest ones in Europe.

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