Tuesday, 17 July 2012

The Saint Nicholas church in Staré Mêsto, Prague

This is the second St. Nicholas church we write about in the city of Prague. The first one was amazing and located in the district of Malá Strana. Here the white façade of the Saint Nicholas church is one of many fantastic buildings which dominate the views of the Old Square. Coming closer, one sees that the exterior of this church constructed in 1735 is in desperate need of renovation. Inside the main dome hangs a large chandelier that looks like a placeholder for candles, something special. The dome ceiling, part of the walls and arches are decorated with paintings and sculptures. Angels protect the black organ and the shape of the stained glass is unique, it looks like an image inside of a golden mirror. Is this person looking at himself?

Dit is de tweede St. Nicolaaskerk uit Praag waarover we schrijven. De eerste was ongelooflijk en was gelegen in de wijk Malá Strana. Hier op het Oude Plein, is de St. Nicolaaskerk met zijn witte facade één van de vele gebouwen die het beeld van het plein kleur geven. Als je dichterbij komt, zie je dat deze kerk gebouwd in 1735, broodnodig aan renovatie toe is. Aan de binnenzijde van de koepel hangt een grote sierluster die lampjes heeft in de vorm van kaarsen, iets speciaal. Het plafond van de koepel, delen van de muren en sierbogen zijn versierd met schilderwerken en standbeelden. Engelen beschermen het zwarte orgel en de brandglazen zijn uniek, het lijken net zelfportretten in een gouden spiegel. Is deze persoon zichzelf aan het bekijken.? 
 
Saint Nicholas Church Prague

Saint Nicholas Church Prague

Saint Nicholas Church Prague

Saint Nicholas Church Prague

Saint Nicholas Church Prague

Saint Nicholas Church Prague

Saint Nicholas Church Prague

Saint Nicholas Church Prague

Saint Nicholas Church Prague

Saint Nicholas Church Prague

Saint Nicholas Church Prague

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11 comments:

  1. 't Restaureren meer dan waard, Filip ! 't Is prachtig !
    Lie(f)s.

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  2. These are stunning photos. You both travel to some very lovely and fascinating places, all around! I am very fond of the Saint Nicholas I remember as a child growing up. I have continued the tradition with my children, and now they are following the same with their children putting their shoes outside their bedroom door, in hopes that they will have a visit from Saint Nicholas, and he shall leave something behind in their shoes! My daughter was still putting her shoes out while she was in college! Really! I have lost a bit of the magic since the year 2000. My father unexpectedly passed away on the 5th of December and that is the evening the shoes go outside your door!

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  3. How lucky you are to be able to see and experience all of these amazing places with all of the history. So you enjoy reading also... do you use electronic books, like my NOOK, or do you prefer regular books. I love the feel of a book, but have come to appreciate my NOOK for traveling, and also for reading in the night, as it is lighted. Thanks for sharing this amazing church. prague looks so awesome

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  4. So intricate. They don't make buildings like that anymore.

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  5. Amazing shots, this Church is magnificent. I love Prague and your pictures are great!
    Léia

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  6. It is an awesome church. I hope they renovate it soon. Too beautiful to fall into disrepair.

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  7. Superbe cette église!!!! j'adore++++++Bisousssssss

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  8. An amazing church and you have captured it magnificently!

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  9. another beauty and one+ to your huge church-collection! hope you have great time in AT...

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  10. Wow, the chandelier is amazing! I like the crystals hanging from it and the lights look like candles.

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