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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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  • Well worth visiting this place so beautiful, especially the visit to the library that is stunning. Are two beautiful rooms. The ticket costs 120 crowns and if you want to photograph, plus 50 Crowns, if you want to shoot more 100 kroons. Is beautiful! The coolest thing is to do the tour, paid 400 crowns to visit, if you buy a ticket you cannot enter the rooms, only looking at the door, which is beautiful! Attention to the hours of operation, closes at 12:00 and reopens at 1:00 pm. Has a beautiful gazebo that you can see the city, get out of the monastery and walk right, go down a little the street and after the restaurant has the gazebo on the right!
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  • Easily accessible by tram 22 pohorelec stop, and you are on the left a small square. On the right is the entrance to the monastery. The library of the convent is beautiful. It consists of a small museum quite colorful, some shrines with valuable manuscripts and two halls, that of Theology and philosophy, stucco and fresco wood, containing about one hundred and fifty thousand volumes. Well worth a visit.
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  • We love books and were very excited to visit the Clementinium, which unfortunately is closed until 2019. A friend recommended we visit the Strahov Library. It was truly amazing. Truly beautiful. If yo...  more »
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  • This is the more 'commercial' of the two main monasteries in Prague. It has a number of attractions such as the famed library (it was their lunch break when we visited), a church, restaurants, and provides a magnificent view of the city. Recommended for a visit.
  • Really nice historical complex with a beautiful library - very well worth a visit. Be aware of the opening hours though (closed noon till 1pm).
  • 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!
  • Excelent beer, both light and dark. The dark one is like guinnes- bitter and full-bodied. The light one is like paulaner pils.
  • 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.