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Strahov Monastery, Prague

History Museum · Library
Although its eye-catching spires rise imposingly over the city's skyline, the main attraction of Strahov Monastery remains its library, containing thousands of editions of the Bible. Established in the 1140s for the Premonstratensian religious order, the monastery functioned until 1950, when the Communist regime closed it down and imprisoned most of its monks. Returned to the order in 1989, the monastery underwent massive architectural restorations to repair damage caused by years of neglect. Inside the monastery's main gate, you can visit a 17th-century church, housing a valuable collection of artworks from the Gothic era, and the famed library's two halls. Linked by an elaborately decorated passage, the two halls contain a collection of nearly 3,000 original manuscripts. Put Strahov Monastery into our Prague day trip planning app to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Prague.
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  • The views are absolutely beautiful, however, it's still pricey to pay to see the two libraries. You only get to see them from a hallway and that's it. You also have to pay to get a stickerr to take...  more »
  • I have long wanted to get here, came after a walk through the Prague Castle. In principle, there is nothing special to see, the most interesting is the view from the height of the hill to Prague and....  more »
  • Sitting high above Prague, the monastery has commanding views of the city, the castle, the towers. If you're visiting, no better place to get a good look at the entire city  more »
  • Beautiful and easy to reach from the tram (22). The library we couldn't visit because it was reserved for other guests, which we understand is fairly usual. The gallery inside the monastery is beautiful (ancient walls and chambers). From 11.30 to 13.00 the public is not allowed to be inside the different buildings. The view over the city from the mountain is magnificent!
  • Small monastery with great views over town and cute buildings. They make their own beer and the restaurants on the property serve it. It’s a bit of a mall up from the river so you’ll be thirsty and hungry so it’s the right combination!
  • Disappointed. The library is beautiful but they don't actually let you go into either large room. You just have to look in from a small doorway, which means that you can't see that much and it is quite crowded with people. To be honest, the photos you can see on their website are better than what you can see in person. Staff is not friendly. We didn't bother with the gallery. And the price was too high for what we saw. An exception to this is the miniature museum, which is quite nice and not crowded, and the one staff person who was there was nice. I would recommend it. Also the view from the restaurant is nice (you don't have to eat there to see it).
  • Make reservations for the library if you want to go inside, if not you will see it from the hallway. The cafe has a great view of the old town. Walk all the way back down. Easy walk through old town streets
  • We only stopped by and looked in on the church and it was absolutely gorgeous. I highly recommend you stop in and view it. The paintings, artwork and sculptures are absolutely stunning. The time, precision and craftmenship that went into it are stunning. My one complaint is the bathroom requires you to pay to use it and they only accepted larger currency than I had. I attempted to pay the charge with several coins (adding up to the amount owed) and the woman refused unless I had the one coin (in the right denomination) to enter. I understand most places here require you to pay to use the bathroom but that was disappointing.

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