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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. 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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  • The highlight of a visit to the Strahov Monastery is the two-room, baroque library, one room devoted to the theology, the other to philosophy (with a hallway full of curios connecting the two). The sh...  more »
  • The library is simply magnificient but you can only take pictures at the door as you cannot go in except for special guided tours. It's like going to a gelato store and all you get are just small samp...  more »
  • Very nice Monastery and library. The ceilings in the Library are beautiful and the smell of the old leather books was worth the entrance fee. Entrance fee 120 CZK, fee to take pictures 50 CZK not 500 ...  more »
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  • It's really amazing!!! This library have a lot of books in an incredible environment. You'll have to pay to see them and if you want to take pictures, you'll pay a little fee. The library has a cordon, so you see the books from a distance, behind the cordon.
  • You pay more if you want to make photos. You need a reservation and you pay more if you want to move free. Otherwise you pay a lot for like 5min looking at the library. But you are not allowed to go inside or make Photos. But you get a dirty note (surely you have to give it back) with little information about the library. The tourist Shop is as large as the area you are allowed to move. And after all they still ask you for a donation. Never ever go inside. The view outside ist better.
  • When we heard that some scenes of James Bond's film - Casino Royal, were filmed here, we had to visit and we were not disappointed. It is a beautiful building, staff is very helpful and they have guides in so many languages you don't have to worry if you don't know a word in czech. And the view at the city from the hill is spectacular!
  • This place had the most amazing library. And try the blueberry beer
  • The lady sold me delicious sausage. The view rules. Monks make beer. Best place on earth. Probably.

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