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. Put Strahov Monastery into our Prague day trip planning app to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Prague.
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  • Last to go, so we visited. Anyway, the entrance is hard to understand. I think there are little signs and good. Shooting with the camera costs separately. Two library looking through the entrance, I would take 10 minutes, watching a little show. I thought if I bother to go to visit also.
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  • Hmm, write that the library is not interesting, as many write this much. Actually one of the best Baroque premises of Eastern Europe (and certainly one of the most interesting on the territory of the Czech Republic). It is worth to defend a small queue of Chinese pay 120 CZK and enjoy two rooms of the library. In addition, you may want to consider a traditional collection of all sorts of artifacts, which was decorate classrooms and library science in the 18-19 centuries. Very informative. Those who want to get inside the halls can personalised tours on the site of the monastery (450 EEK/person), but I do not see such a need. All perfectly visible and because of fences. In the rest of the monastery is nothing interesting. And the famous brewery is a great tourist attraction, where you defend the queue more than a library. However the very famous beer you can drink or at the counter, or at the neighbouring restaurant-terrace overlooking the Valtavu
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  • This place is a scam. You dont get to go in the library unless you pay a guide big $$. Pictures are limited because viewpoint is very restricted. My attached picture is all you will see of both librar...  more »
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  • We really liked this place. We ate at the restaurant outside the main area by the tennis court and the food was wonderful. We tried the beer and it was very good too. The grounds a very large and there's a lot to see. The picture gallery owns over 1,500 items and there's a nice selection on display. You also get to see several of the rooms that are decorated with lovely frescos. Of course there is a special display for Saint Norbert.
  • Breath taking library. Beautiful view of Pargue from restaurant terrace. Highly recommend stopping for some beer before venturing downhill towards the castle. Next time I would arrange tour so could actually go inside library as is done by reservation only and would be more worth it. Some people may not be happy with price for what you get and having to pay for photos but it is such a beauty it is worth it.
  • The two libraries are the main attraction here, although there are some interesting books and artifacts on display here as well. A private tour can be booked in advance, but doesn't seem to offer much more than what's available on Wikipedia. The tour does get you in the libraries, but you can see quite well from the doorway. My best advice is to arrive promptly at 9am, buy your ticket and photography permit before tour groups show up.
  • Very nice view over Prague. Not too crowded by tourists. Beer lovers may enjoy local brewed IPA while enjoying the views!
  • Awesome library. Never seen anything like it. Don't get to go inside but it is only 120 Krona $5.50ish. Nearby is an old brewery that I highly recommend.
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