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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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  • This is a pretty Monestary up on the hill- the tour wasn’t great, not too much to see. The library is cool but you have to pay extra to get a private tour to enter otherwise you can only view from... 
    This is a pretty Monestary up on the hill- the tour wasn’t great, not too much to see. The library is cool but you have to pay extra to get a private tour to enter otherwise you can only view from...  more »
  • You pay for the ticket and then they only allow you to stand in the doorway and look at the library. You are not actually allowed to go into the library. The staff were very rude inside. 
    You pay for the ticket and then they only allow you to stand in the doorway and look at the library. You are not actually allowed to go into the library. The staff were very rude inside.  more »
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  • The walk is an uphill journey on cobblestone streets with amazing views, cute shops, restaurants and souvenirs and you get to come across some breathtaking architecture and views of the city on the walk up. The library is one of the top five most beautiful libraries in the world. They have bibles written by hand before the printing press reached Europe. Very Cool to see in person.
  • Uphill walk, reserving a tour recommended. When we were there, all the globes were unfortunately lined up so it was difficult to see them all. The lady in the gift shop was very friendly. She had a stamp for visitors to mark their cards. I asked if she would stamp my journal. She just handed me the inkpad and the stamps and told me to go ahead. Great experience. Do visit the art gallery. Many rooms, great art, quiet, might not be the best place for small children. Pictures below.

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