Strahov Monastery


Ranked 9 of 23 sightseeing in Prague

The Strahov Monastery has a library, which contains a collection of over 200,000 books. Located in Strahov, it is a Premonstratensian abbey founded in 1149 by Bishop Jindrich Zdik, Bishop John of Prague and Prince Vladislav II.

Premonstratensians is a religious order of canons that was founded in 1120 by St Norbert, as an independent part of the Catholic Church. After a fire destroyed the complex in 1258, the monastery was rebuilt in the Gothic style.

Constructed mainly in the 17th and 18th centuries, the monastery displays baroque style of architecture. Between 1671 and 1679, the Theological Hall was built. This hall houses the theological book collection of the famous Strahov Library.

Apart from over 200,000 books, this hall also contains works from famous printers such as Christoffel Plantin from Antwerp. Frescoes on the ceiling of this hall depict the profession of the librarian. Several 17th century geographical and astronomical globes are also housed in the hall.

A Romanesque basilica, Strahov monastery's church was rebuilt in the Gothic style after a fire in 1258. Known as the Basilica of our Lady, the church was rebuilt in 1742 in the baroque style. In the church, there is a nave with a 16 metres high vault. This vault is adorned with frescoes painted in 1774.

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