Strahov Monastery, Prague

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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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  • Captivated by the pictures of the beautiful libraries, we braved the snow and sub-zero temperature to go to the Strahov Monastery few days ago. A bit disappointed coz the libraries look much more spec...  more »
  • Then the library is spectacular, no doubt, is to see for sure. BUT I was a little annoyed by the fact that you had to add a surcharge to take photos.
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  • Admission is 5 EUR to climb to second and eventually not able to get in unless you have a guide. Of course not listed anywhere that you pay a ticket to not see anything. Don't waste a single penny.
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  • We really liked this place. We ate at the restaurant outside the main area by the tennis court and the food was wonderful. We tried the beer and it was very good too. The grounds a very large and there's a lot to see. The picture gallery owns over 1,500 items and there's a nice selection on display. You also get to see several of the rooms that are decorated with lovely frescos. Of course there is a special display for Saint Norbert.
  • Breath taking library. Beautiful view of Pargue from restaurant terrace. Highly recommend stopping for some beer before venturing downhill towards the castle. Next time I would arrange tour so could actually go inside library as is done by reservation only and would be more worth it. Some people may not be happy with price for what you get and having to pay for photos but it is such a beauty it is worth it.
  • The two libraries are the main attraction here, although there are some interesting books and artifacts on display here as well. A private tour can be booked in advance, but doesn't seem to offer much more than what's available on Wikipedia. The tour does get you in the libraries, but you can see quite well from the doorway. My best advice is to arrive promptly at 9am, buy your ticket and photography permit before tour groups show up.
  • Very nice view over Prague. Not too crowded by tourists. Beer lovers may enjoy local brewed IPA while enjoying the views!
  • Awesome library. Never seen anything like it. Don't get to go inside but it is only 120 Krona $5.50ish. Nearby is an old brewery that I highly recommend.
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