Belfry of the Church of St. Nicholas in the Lesser Town - Malostranské Square 29/556, Lesser Town
Malostranské Square 29/556, Lesser Town
The belfry of St. Nicholas church is 79 metres high, was built by K. Dientzenhofer and K. I. Dientzenhofer and finished by A. M. Lurago in 1755. Unlike the church itself which was owned by the Catholic church, the belfry belonged to the Lesser Town municipality. This can be seen from the Lesser Town municipal emblem and also from the fact that the tower has its own entrance from the Square and its own Descriptive number; religious buildings usually don’t have a Descriptive house number. The gallery in the height of 65 metres can be accessed by 299 stairs. Until 1891 the tower served as the city watch - tower – if the night watchman saw a fire, he waved a red flag from the window or lit a lantern at night. From early 1950’s until 1989 there has been an observation station of the state secret police which observed the embassies of Western countries from there. At present time the Prague Information Service together with the National Museum are running an exposition there called the Music of Prague Choirs, focusing on the music tradition of Prague and its churches.