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Strahov Monastery, Prague

Categories: History Museums, Libraries, Traveler Resources, Museums
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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. Make Strahov Monastery a centerpiece of your Prague vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Prague vacation planner.
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  • If you eh is the Petrin look-out Tower it would be stupid not to to go. Approximately 1 km around the corner and it is worth if you like old libraries. It is very impressive. However, buy the ticket with photo permission at the box office. Doesn't cost the Earth (50 CZK) and if you don't have it you may not photograph also and that would be disastrous...
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  • The convent of Stahov and especially its library are small gems of the cultural heritage of Prague. The ideal: come walk from the gardens of trouble, make a stop at the convent... before continuing on foot to the Castle.
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  • Interesting old library; but a large part was closed due to construction/renovation (?). MUCH quieter than the castle. I'd give the castle a miss to be honest, unless it is pretty empty. Good views of...  read more »
  • The two library rooms are magnificent, especially the first one! Unfortunately, however understandable, you cannot enter them without a reservation and a guide which is expensive. Also, you have to pay extra to be allowed to take photos. They have monitors who will reprove you if you try without a permission sticker. Still, DEFINITELY worth a visit! Plus, you can enjoy the beautiful view from the hill before walking back down!
  • Best beer in Prague, of what I sampled. Make the hiking there all the more lovely. Great view of Prague. Make sure to take the funicular to Petrin Hill. Drop by Travis and you can go down the street to Prague Castle. A must stop.
  • Excelent beer, both light and dark. The dark one is like guinnes- bitter and full-bodied. The light one is like paulaner pils.
  • Understand that this is a QUICK trip. It's 100 crowns to go in and view the 2 libraries from outside of them room, 50 extra crowns to take pics. But I enjoyed it. Lots to walk around and take pics. You pay for the experience.
  • Excellent beer with a decent range of choices. Service was brilliant and food very tasty.
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