Strahov Monastery, Prague

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#7 of 189 in Museums in Czech Republic
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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  • August 13, 2017
    Visited this place with my mother. It's downright stunning! One of the favourite spots of Nikola Tesla as well, which gives the entire building even more historical depth. If you like old libraries, a...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    We took a private tour of the Strahov Monastery and Library. It was very well done. The guide was knowledgeable and personable. The library is incredible and opulent. We loved our visit!! The private ...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    It is true that we cannot walk in the bobliotheques, but the reason is quite simple: the variations of humidity and temperature generated by the waves of tourists damaged books. Based on this explanation, I was not frustrated not being able to enter the rooms. There is a sheet with a max of a provisions. It must ask the supervisor (and it's free). Also in the main building there is the exhibition of the jewels of the monastery. For those who love the old tables worth.
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  • July 3, 2017
    It's really amazing!!! This library have a lot of books in an incredible environment. You'll have to pay to see them and if you want to take pictures, you'll pay a little fee. The library has a cordon, so you see the books from a distance, behind the cordon.
  • April 20, 2017
    You pay more if you want to make photos. You need a reservation and you pay more if you want to move free. Otherwise you pay a lot for like 5min looking at the library. But you are not allowed to go inside or make Photos. But you get a dirty note (surely you have to give it back) with little information about the library. The tourist Shop is as large as the area you are allowed to move. And after all they still ask you for a donation. Never ever go inside. The view outside ist better.
  • March 2, 2017
    When we heard that some scenes of James Bond's film - Casino Royal, were filmed here, we had to visit and we were not disappointed. It is a beautiful building, staff is very helpful and they have guides in so many languages you don't have to worry if you don't know a word in czech. And the view at the city from the hill is spectacular!
  • June 23, 2017
    This place had the most amazing library. And try the blueberry beer
  • February 16, 2017
    The lady sold me delicious sausage. The view rules. Monks make beer. Best place on earth. Probably.

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