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“Ornate and beautiful”

St. Nicholas Church
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Owner description: Located on the corner of one of Europe's largest squares, this magnificent cathedral features a 72-meter-high bell tower that offers magnificent views of the Bohemian Forest and Alps.
Reviewed 19 August 2015

A large ornate cathedral next to the main square - well worth going in if you like churches and cathedrals.

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Reviewed 27 February 2014

This is in fact Ceske Budejovice Cathedral, and it's very big. You don't notice the size until you go in, because outside there's no square in front of it, and because it stands right next to the Black Tower - in the tower's shadow as it were.

The interior's lovely. Tall, airy and light, with a huge, dramatic painting of St Nicholas over the altar, a white and gold baroque pulpit (more the Austrian / South German sort of baroque than the sort one finds in Spain or Rome. - many people would call it rococo) and beautiful side chapels. One of them - the one with the font, I think - has solomonic (= twisted, curly) columns.

Outside, there's an impressive statue of Bishop Jan Valerián Jirsík at the front (he restored the church), and at the back the same striking, Central Asian-looking engaged buttresses as in St Dominic's.

It was closed when I went, but if you're lucky you may be able to look into the Chapel of Our Lord's Mortal Agony, which stands apart just behind the church.

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Reviewed 19 September 2012

When we visited the chuch was under renovation and emptied out, so we could only admire its exterior. Together with the city named anno 1297. Rebuilt after a fire in late-Gothic style 1518-1535. The church burned down again in the 17th century, 22 december 1649 its reconstruction was completed in its current Baroque appearance. In its facade three statues: St. Wenceslaus (patron of Czech countries), St. Nicholas (patron of Diocese České Budějovice) and St. Auretianus (since 17th century the Patron Saint of České Budějovice, according the legend, a Roman soldier who died for his Christian faith second or third century). It is a three-aisled Basilica with a Western front which was promoted to Cathedral in 1785. The Church Interior is very simple and has a 18th century high altar with a painting of St. Nicholas. During renovation 1969-1971 unfortunately the high valuable historical furniture was removed. Since the founding of the city next to the Church an urban cemetery was situated, which was closed in 1784.

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Reviewed 11 April 2011

We entered just because it was right in front of us on our way around the square and I think it is worth seeing, even if I am not the best person for judging, because I dont really like churches..but why not to enter it and have a look if is it standing in front of you :) I bealive that for some people it will mean much more than for me :)

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