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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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  • The rooms of Theology and philosophy are beautiful and worth visiting but pity cannot enter the rooms! It seems to call to book a visit but we have found no indication to do or mention in any guide. Notice to interested travelers: know before you go.
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  • While on the website it said that they closed later, libraries closed from 11:45 until 13. While I was waiting the reopening I visited our Lady of Loreto, which is practically around the corner. The library of the monastery seem saludas of a tale. Contemplate them is an experience wonderful. To return to the center you can go walking.
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  • It was an experience, since this place is really devoted to prayer and contemplation, who is a lover of these activities, will be satisfied and he will leave here filled with
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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.