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Open today: 09:00-12:00, 13:00-17:00
Strahovské nádvoří 1/132, Prague, Czech Republic
5 months ago
Walk the halls of Strahob Monastrery Library like a regal-- gliding with elegance, sophistication and probably botching a European accent-- because it seems almost proper to do so. Baroque architecture, gilded wood carvings, intricate paintings on the walls and the ceiling, you really can't help but feel like you're searching for a book as part of your lessons to become the next royal ruler of the land, or feel like Belle after the Beast granted her access to his grandois library. As it is a monastary, most if not all of their books are theological and philosophical. The main halls double as a museum with, showcasing curiosities such as remains or various sea creatures and corpses of sailors who were believed to have died by the hands of sea monsters. You can also find various sculptures of saints along the corridors, along with various finds from history, including a miniature coffee service made for the Habsburg empress Marie Louise in 1813.
2 years ago
You’ll find a more intimate experience at the nearby Strahov Monastery Library. Book a private guided tour in advance and ask if they can take you into the library, else you’ll only be peeking from the doorway. Strahov Monastery Library’s two halls inspire many photo opportunities. Both have painted fresco ceilings, but the Theological Hall frames each subject with Baroque ornaments. On the other hand, the Philosophical Hall’s vaulting is an uninterrupted painting of scholars and divine figures in a tableau named “Mankind’s Quest for True Wisdom.” The books may be far from reach, but the scenes painted above tell their own story.
2 years ago
Raise your sights to the sky, as the Baroque library of the Clementinum in Prague is painted to look like the ceilings have opened up to the heavens. Angels immortalized in paint guard over the 20,000 volumes of religious texts. Globes line the length of the library (also known as The Long Room) detailing the Earth and the known galaxy as it was known then. The management has now restricted access to the Long Room, so visitors only have a few feet to take in its splendor. It’s well worth it for a glance at this divine reading room, though. Augment your exploration of the Clementinum with our recommended read: “The Secret Miracle” by renowned writer Jorges Luis Borges. In his story, a man sought God on the shelves of the library—and found Him.
2 months ago
The new library is very impressive and a most civilised place to relax. Go up to the roof garden for good views.
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