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St. Nicholas of Malá Strana, Prague

Scott 3124 Scott 3320 Scott 3337
CZECH REPUBLIC, 2000, 2006 and 2007, Scott 3124
The middle stamps shows a view of St. Nicholas from the Vrtbovská Gardens, Scott 3320
the third a view of a cardboard model of old Prague done by Antonin Langweil in the first half of the 19th century, Scott 3337,
and booklets (below) of the second and third stamps

Scott 6320a Scott 3337 booklet

No other Jesuit building is seen on more stamps than St. Nicholas Church in Prague, partly because they like the panoramic view of the city, which usually includes the church. The Jesuits were already present in the area of Prague known as Malá Strana (Little Town) with a college when, with the blessing of Emperor Ferdinand II, they started building a monumental church there. The work went on for some 60 years, the Jesuits continued to use the old Gothic Church of St. Nicholas. But the new St. Nicholas, with its magnificent 250-foot dome, lovely façade and magnificent interior, is one of the great achievements of High Baroque church architecture. The altar features a lavish gold-plated St. Nicholas flanked by St. Ignatius Loyola and St. Francis Xavier. But the Jesuits did not have long to enjoy their new church before they were banished from the Hapsburg Empire in 1773. Mozart played on the church's organ, and this is where his requiem Mass was celebrated a few days after his death in 1791. St. Nicholas became the parish church for the area in 1814. Here are some of the stamps where the church is more easily seen.

Scott 183
CZECHOSLOVAKIA, 1931, the dome and tower of St. Nicholas, Scott 183

Scott 253 Scott 3163 Scott 254 
CZECHOSLOVAKIA, 1938, the 20th anniversary of Independence, St. Nicholas in lower left, Scott 253-54
CZECH REPUBLIC, 2002, Scott 3163

Scott B18 Scott B19 
BOHEMIA AND MORAVIA, 1943, Hitler's 54th birthday under German occupation, Scott B18-B19
The Post World War II Occupation overprint (above) marks the liberation of Pilzen by Patton's forces on May 6, 1945

Scott 2111 
CZECHOSLOVAKIA, 1977, Peace Cycling Course, by the cyclist's right hand, Scott 2111

Scott 3022 Scott 3023 Scott 3060
CZECH REPUBLIC, 1998, International Stamp Exhibition, under the R in Republika, Scott 3022-23a
CZECH REPUBLIC, 1998 honoring the 80th anniversary of the patriotic graphic work of Vojtech Preissig
, Scott 3060

Scott 1

Scott 23 Scott 38 Scott 43a
CZECHOSLOVAKIA, 1918, Scott 1, 23, 38, 43a
show the four varieties of this design

Scott J18 Scott C2 Scott B130 Scott  14
CZECHOSLOVAKIA, Scott J18, C2, B130, and EASTERN SILESIA, Scott 14
Overprints show (L to R) postage due, airmail, semi-postal, and Eastern Silesia

The first Czechoslovak stamp was issued in 1918. The cathedral of St. Vitus and Prague castle are at the rear, the dome and clock tower of St. Nicholas Church is in the foreground behind the shrubbery. The first stamp was followed by three slightly different variations. And these stamps were overprinted for postage due, airmail, a semi-postal issue and for Eastern Silesia. Thus this basic design accounts for at least 112 stamps.

Scott 368 Scott 1600 
CZECHOSLOVAKIA, 1948 and 1968, the 30th and 50th anniversary of Czechoslovak postage stamps, Scott 368, 1600

Scott 2217  Scott 2714

Scott 3056 
CZECHOSLOVAKIA, 1978 and 1988, and CUBA, 1978, the 70th and 80th anniversaries of Czechoslovak postage stamps
picturing Alfons Maria Mucha its designer or his signature and sketch, Scott Czechoslovakia 2217, 2714, Cuba 3056

Scott 3362
BULGARIA,1989, Scott 3362

2007 2007  2008
CZECH REPUBLIC, 2007 and 2008, imprinted stamps on holographic postal cards with various subjects
The dome and tower of St. Nicholas are discernible even on the silhouetted version of the original stamp.

CZECH REPUBLIC, 2003, 85th anniversary of the first Czechoslovak Stamp, issue number CDV A98
CZECH REPUBLIC, 2008, honoring the Virtual International Philatellic Exposition, issue number CDV 117

2010, Slovak Stamp Day 2010, issue number 190 CVD 179/10
CZECH REPUBLIC, 2013 has a particular fine view of the church, issue number A 209/2013

CZECHOSLOVAKIA, 1968, postal card of St. Nicholas Church to mark the 1968 World Stamp Exhibition in Prague.

Scott 119 Scott 120
CZECHOSLOVAKIA, 1926-28, beneath the ESK in Ceskoslovensko, Scott 119-120 , 137-138

Scott 251b Scott 2894 
CZECHOSLOVAKIA, 1938, Scott 251b
CZECH REPUBLIC, 1993, Scott 2894

FRANCE, 2008, from the European Capitals: Prague souvenir sheet, Scott 3535
where St. Nicholas appears twice

SLOVAKIA, 2008, postal card 157 CD 148/08

Scott 37 Scott 38 Scott 39 Scott 48
BOHEMIA AND MORAVIA, 1939-40, between the towers of the bridge, Scott 37-39, 48

 Scott 47
BOHEMIA AND MORAVIA, 1940, left of the loggia of the Wallenstein Palace, Scott 47

Scott 434 Scott 435
CZECHOSLOVAKIA, 1950, between the bridge and the cathedral, Scott 434-435

Scott 429  Scott 670
CZECHOSLOVAKIA, 1950, beneath the PR in Praga, Scott 429
CZECHOSLOVAKIA, 1954, Scott 670

Scott C44 Scott 1446
CZECHOSLOVAKIA, 1955, on the left bank behind the slope of the hill, Scott C44
CZECHOSLOVAKIA,1967, Prague the Mother of Cities, showing St. Nicholas (left) as well asSt. Clement College (right) , Scott 1446

Scott 3451 
, 2010, Scott 3451
GERMANY, 2010, special philatelic show cancel featuring the Charles Bridge

CZECH REPUBLIC, 2016 in connection with a UN World Heritage issue;
St. Nicholas Church is to the left, Charles Bridge to the right.

The Charles Bridge Statues: the Charles Bridge, prominent in the stamps above and below, is lined with thirty statues, 15 on each side. As one passes from the Old Town on the east shore to the Lesser Town on the west shore, the 5th statue one passes on the left (south) is St. Francis Xavier, SJ, the seventh is St. Francis Borgia, SJ.

The Xavier statue, depicting a group of Indian and Japanese princes being baptized by Xavier, is a 1913 replica by Cenek Vosmík of Ferdinand Brokoff's original 1711 sculpture. The original was commissioned by the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy of Charles University, but fell into the river during the floods of 1890. A statue of St. Ignatius Loyola, SJ on the north side, just opposite Xavier, was also swept away in the flood, but was replaced by a statue of Cyril and Methodius.

The Borgia statue, showing the saint with two angels, was commissioned from Ferdinand Brokoff by the Imperial Burgrave František z Colletu in 1710.

Scott 719e Scott 789 
above 1.60 Kcs, from a mini-sheet of 5 stamps, Scott 719e 
1957, Scott 789
CZECH REPUBLIC & SLOVAKIA, 2008, Scott 3397 and 548 respectively
identical labels from a joint issue souvenir sheet honoring photographer Karel Plicka
the value of the one stamp on the souvenir sheet showing Plicka is 35 Czech or 40 Slovak koruna

Scott 619 Scott 1069 Scott 1256 
CZECHOSLOVAKIA, 1953, between towers of Charles Bridge, Scott 619 and 1961, beneath the 0h in "60h," Scott 1069
1964, the millennium of the Hradcany (castle), beneath it to the right, Scott 1256
GERMANY, 2006, special show cancel displays a similar view of St. Nicholas

Scott C16 Scott C17
CZECHOSLOVAKIA, 1930, in the lower left of the vignette, Scott C16-17

 Scott C238
CZECHOSLOVAKIA, 1961, World Exposition of Stamps in Prague, Scott 1080
1962, the World Exposition of Stamps in Prague includes the above, Scott C238