Lesser Town Square (Malostranske namesti)

St. Nicholas Cathedral (Chram sv. Mikulase)

St. Nicholas Cathedral

The St. Nicholas Cathedral, one of the most significant buildings of the Czech dynamic Baroque era, was built on the site of a medieval cathedral of the same holy order. The cornerstone was laid in 1673 and Giovanni Domenico Orsi was its first architect. After 1702 its concept was altered to incorporate Christopher Dientzenhofer's design.

From 1737 construction went according to new plans drawn up by Kilian Ignaz Dientzenhofer. The nave with its cross and cupola above it was completed in 1751 and one year later Anselmo Lurago modified the bell tower. Together, the cupola and bell tower, both 80 meters high, create one grandest dominant features of Prague's panorama at the exact centre of the Lesser Town. Its wealth of painted and sculptural decorations culminates in frescos by Francis Xavier Palek and the giant sculptures of ecclesiastic teachers by Francis Ignaz Platzer.

St. Nicholas Cathedral

Beside the church there is a tower with an exhibition called The Music of Prague's Choirs. It is open daily from 10:00 to 18:00.

Plague Column of the Holy Trinity (Morovy sloup Nejsvetejsi Trojice)

The Plague Column of the Holy Trinity was erected in 1713 as a symbol of gratitude for the end of the Black Plague. It also became a memorial dedicated to those who died in the famine of 1722. Its design is the work of Giovanni Batista Alliprandi.

Liechtenstein Palace

Behind its Classicist facade (designed by Matthew Hummel, after 1791), Liechtenstein Palace conceals an intricate complex of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque buildings. On its grounds, archaeologists have documented a prehistoric settlement, a recessed building from the 8th century, the remains of early medieval objects made of iron and coloured metals, and fancily-crafted ceramics.

Today the palace is home to the Music Faculty of the Academy of Musical Arts (Akademie muzicky umeni – AMU), and its concert and exhibition halls are open to the public. Tickets for AMU concerts can be purchased at the Via Musica box office on the corner of Nerudova Street and Malostranske namesti daily from 11:30 to 12:30 and from 13:00 to 19:30.

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