Saint Nicholas (sv Mikuláš)

The church of sv Mikuláš towers above the whole of Malá Strana.  It was built in the Baroque style in 1702 by Christoph Dientzenhofer, a German immigrant from a dynasty of Bavarian architects.

Although the outside facade appears plain the inside is indeed spectacular.  The fresco in the nave was done by Johann Lukas Kracker and is one of the largest paintings in Europe, covering an area of 1500 square metres and portraying some of the amazing feats of Saint Nicholas.  Apart from his role of Santa Claus he is depicted here performing the following deeds:

a)  Rescuing sailors in distress.

b)  Saving women from prostitution by throwing them bags of gold.

c)  Reprieving from death 3 unjustly condemned men.