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Strahov Monastery, Prague
(3.9/5 based on 1,000+ 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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  • We arrived during the lunch hour and so chose to wait around and walk the grounds. We then had to wait in line and found the tickets to see the library to be higher than expected. The library would be...  more »
  • The Strahov Monastery is a very historical place of interest complete with brewery, bells and an amazing view of Prague. However in this review I want to focus on the Strahov Library in the Monastery....  more »
  • The library is the most amazing room at the monastery. While you can not enter the rooms, you can view it from the doorways. The flooring and shelves are architecturally designed, and are very artisti...  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.