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Strahov Monastery, Prague

(3.9/5 based on 1,100+ reviews on the web)
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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  • I would surely recommand anybody this place if you would like to see the beautiful library. But there is nothing more than the 2 halls to see. If you want to take pictures, you will have to pay 50 CZK...  more »
  • This pretty monastry started life in the twelth century and was here in various forms until the communist regime closed it and imprisoned the monks ! They have now returned - worth a visit andclose to...  more »
  • Pohorelec tram ride free if you're a traveler got 22 times. Do a little elusive to find the door that goes into Google maps help. We started in Prague Castle here in the morning as it was, it was a very good course for tourism. Most of the tourists to Prague Castle to start here because it's a quiet wish I had more I went trip to the library is a winter bosujung, followed by nail. Instead, the Museum spent more time in the history of the monastery is also unknown, and it was fun. Religious art works displayed. Finish the day Sunday between the Cathedral did not have an open-door policy. The Museum's staff were kind enough to do not to get into the mass and has been a good experience, but not so much that us Catholics. Learn a Word, of course, but I mean like in the movie, dressed in clothes with the clergy and children marched carrying incense and chant with a beautiful voice to the choir singing in the middle ages, such as feeling. Lost in time the sermon came a little noticed but if you ever visit on Sunday is strongly recommended. Mass time: 10:00 am.
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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.