Prague Towers (4) – St. Nicholas Church


Tower and the Church

St. Nicholas Church in Little Town (Lesser Quatter, depends of translation of the Malá Strana) is the peak of baroque architecture in Prague and one of the best works north of the Alps. It was built in 1704-1755 by three generations of great Baroque architects – father, son and son-in-law: Kryštof Dientzenhofer, Kilián Ignác Dientzenhofer and Anselmo Lurago (remember Loreta from Prague Towers (1)). The bellfry, the next tower from our serie was finished by Anselmo Lurago, and contrary to the church the tower belongs to the city, therefore the entrance is not from the church but from the side street. Originally the tower was planned to be low but then it was built high. People were afraid it will fall down but time proved that it was built with perfect architectonic and engineer work. You can recognize it was built like a copy of the tower of St. Nicholas Church in the Old Town (you can find this one at Prague Towers (1)).


Staircase and bell

During 18-19th centuries the guards served at the bellfry, their duty was to announce fires or enemies trying to enter the town. During communistic regime there was state police observatory and listening devices. The reason was the proximity of American and Yugoslavian Embassies, and also path to Western Germany Embassy. The last records from this observatory were done at the beginning of 1990 year (after revolution in November 1989). The exposition of former observatory called “Eider duck” picturing the work of State police was opened for public in April 2010. As most of the towers of my series, this tower can be climbed up. The flourish are played from the top of it every full hour during summer.
The bellfry tower is in roccoco style and it is 243 ft (74 m) high, the view is in 148 ft (45 m) and you have to climb 215 stairs to reach the view.


View to the Eastern side of Little Town Square


Down there is  a Starbucks coffee


South view to Carmelitan street and the Church of Our Lady Victorious


Little Town Roofs


Little Town Square again – left 2003, right 2010, the bulding of Malostranská beseda before and after renovation to its original shape with spires.


Petřín view, 2004 and 2010, winter and summer, the building in the middle is a garden house of US embassy (see the flag?), bellow it one of the most beautiful gardens in Prague, Vrtbovská Garden


View from St. Nicholas Bellfry to Strahov monastery and Prague Castle – partial view

The next tower is Little Quarter’s Bridge Tower as seen from St. Nicholas Tower.


Little Quarter’s Bridge Tower

The whole series to be found here

1 Introduction
2 Bell Tower of St. Vitus Cathedral
3 Petřín Watchtower
4 St. Nicholas Bellfry
5 Little Quarter’s Bridge Tower
6 Old Town’s Bridge Tower
7 Astronomical Klementinum Tower
8 Tower of the Old Town Townhall
9 Powder Tower


20 Comments (+add yours?)

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  4. Peter S
    Feb 04, 2013 @ 12:52:59

    Do people like the renovation of the Malostanstranska beseda ?

    The view of Carmelitan street is beautiful!


    • PragueByKaty
      Feb 04, 2013 @ 13:39:56

      Not sure, I preferred the colored version before, but I also like when they go to history and made building look “older”, I mean more “original”. Therefore I like it as it is now as well :-).


  5. Madhu
    Feb 04, 2013 @ 14:10:41

    Thanks for these fabulous views over the rooftops of Prague Katy!


  6. janalinesmalman
    Feb 04, 2013 @ 17:05:57

    Lovely views of Prague. Really want to visit it someday….it is high on my wishlist of places to see!!


  7. justmusing
    Feb 04, 2013 @ 18:45:39

    Very comprehensive – you sure have done much sport for this ; )


  8. kiwiskan
    Feb 04, 2013 @ 21:25:06

    Love the rooftop shots. Great clarity


  9. greenmackenzie
    Feb 05, 2013 @ 00:50:10

    Beautiful and colourful photos…..Prague looks incredible…..I just love those red roof tiles and all the old buildings 🙂


  10. graciamc
    Feb 05, 2013 @ 04:17:43

    I love your photos. We visited Prague years ago, hope to return someday.
    Thanks for visiting my blog too.


  11. stephglaser
    Feb 05, 2013 @ 07:17:20

    Beautiful shots and interesting information, Katy! I’ve always wanted to go to Prague. Thanks so much for stopping by and following Travel Oops! Cheers, Steph


  12. Darla Welchel
    Feb 11, 2013 @ 03:26:45

    These photos are stunning and the town is beautiful. I think it is so amusing that it is named Little Town and Little Quarters, when there is nothing small about any of it. I have lived in small towns for the biggest bart of my life and we don’t have many two story building least of all towers or churches of this magnitude. It is simply stunning. Wish I could visit some day. Thank you for the visual tour.


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