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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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  • Lovely place. Old. Such an amazing collection. Interesting history. The library is wonderful. VERY nice art. Lovely monastery 
    Lovely place. Old. Such an amazing collection. Interesting history. The library is wonderful. VERY nice art. Lovely monastery  more »
  • We only had time to visit the church. The interior is awesome with marveloouss stucco, woodcraft and ceiling paintings. Not to be missed. 
    We only had time to visit the church. The interior is awesome with marveloouss stucco, woodcraft and ceiling paintings. Not to be missed.  more »
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  • The library was a real disappointment. Although old, they miss the liveliness that klementinum does. The cabinet was a collection of random items it seemed. Most impressive is the walk. Make the walk, visit the park and church, but don't waste money on the library.
  • Family ticket is advertised as "2 adults + max 3 children)". So I went with my wife only and we were denied the option to get that ticket because "we didn't bring a child". But nowhere it says that you need to bring a child, so it feels like we are being ripped off. Bear this in mind in case you planned to get the family ticket. Having said that, yes, the gallery and the library are beautiful AND overpriced, but I would still consider them worth of a visit. Coming only to see two rooms of a library that you can't even enter would seem pointless so I would advise to go for the combined ticket.

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