18 Sacred Sights
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Czech Baroque is a specific form
of Baroque culture, created here between
the 16th and 18th centuries. Baroque
has its roots in Italy and Spain, but
in Bohemia it was enriched with new
elements by local artists and craftsmen.
Not only were churches, monasteries,
palaces and chateaux built in this style,
but it changed the character of the Czech
countryside with small churches,
chapels and rural farms. Buildings
blended perfectly with their
surroundings, and the impression
of a picturesque landscape punctuated
with elements of Baroque architecture
is characteristic of the Czech
countryside today.
Significant architects who were active
in the Czech lands include Kryštof
Dientzenhofer, his son Kilián Ignác
Dientzenhofer and Jan Santini Aichel,
who was the originator of a style that is
unique in the world: Baroque Gothic.
In the
footsteps of the
Dientzenhofers
Church of St. Nicholas in Prague
The Church of St. Nicholas (Kostel
sv. Mikuláše) is one of the foremost
Baroque buildings in Europe, and
it is often described as the most beautiful
building of the Czech Baroque.
Its massive dome and slender tower are
an integral part of the Prague panorama.
Malostranské náměstí
Praha 1 – Malá Strana
An unforgettable experience
is climbing up to the bell tower
of the Church of St. Nicholas,
which offers impressive views.
Baroque art
in the service
of theCatholic
Church
Church of St. John of Nepomuk on Zelená Hora (Green Mountain)
St. Nicholas Church in Prague’s Malá Strana (Lesser Quarter)
Baroque is the most visible
architectural style in Prague
and throughout the Czech
Republic. The impression
of a picturesque landscape
punctuated with elements of
Baroque architecture is still
characteristic of the Czech
countryside today.
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