The most important reason to visit the Strahov monastery is its library, which is more than 800 years old. Should you want to make any pictures inside, you do have to buy an extra ticket which gives you permission to do so. Before reaching the library you will pass through the Theology hall with some beautiful, old globes, showing the stars in our sky.
On the other side of the complex you can enter the inner courtyard where we found no other tourists, only tranquility. Here is also the entrance to the Museum of National Literature.
The monastery itself was built in 1140 and the philosophical room (the library) in 1782 to keep the books from an old monastery nearby Louka save and nicely preserved.
Walk up the steep street and cross the park and you come accross the Strahov Monastery. It was founded in 1140 and was remodeled in 1682-1698 in a Baroque style. Inside you find a picture Gallery as well as a library with old manuscripts.
I took the photo from top of the "Eiffel Tower"
The Monastery of the Premonstratensian Order at Strahov also consists of the Church of Our Lady and the building of Strahov Library with the 17th-century Theological Hall and the 18th-century Philosophical Hall.
The 1st monastery was founded here in the 12th century. This is where the educated and pilgrims used to come. In front of the monastery there were the guards, thus the name (‘strahovat’ = guards).
The library houses a lot of old and historically valuable manuscripts, like the 10th-century Gospel Book.
The way to the Premonstratensian Monastery at Strahov is a beautiful one. You can have a great view of the city on your way up there. The gallery is not huge but its collections will please your senses. The fresco paintings are breathtaking and to catch your breath, the restaurant comes to aid by serving the coldest and best freshly brewed beer in Prague. The resto offers dish that go perfectly with beer or wine.
The Library of Strahov monastery is worth a trip to Prague alone IMO. Ok, I admit I am a big fan of libraries in general and old libraries in particular. The Theological Hall with about 16,000 books was built in the late 17th century by Giovanni Domenico Orsi and its ceiling is decorated by wonderful frescos by frater Siard Nosecky.
The vaulted ceiling of the Philosophical Hall is also decorated by a beautiful fresco (Franz Anton Maulpertsch). The bookshelves are classicistic style.
You can only peek inside these halls from the respective doors. Photography allowed for a small fee.
The Strahov klaster was founded by King Vladislav II in the year 1140. The klaster complex contains two churches. The Lady of Ascension church, with its two dominating bell towers and dominated by Baroque period architecture, is shown in photo #1. The St. Roch church, featuring a masterfully blended combination of Renaissance and Gothic architecture, is shown in photo #2. Classic Gothic arches dominate this church. Numerous Gothic and Renaissance art treasures are contained inside.
One of the most interesting parts of the complex is Strahov klaster library. The library contains two lavishly detailed great halls decorated with Baroque ceiling frescoes. The artisans who crafted the halls gave them a convincing illusion of having domed ceilings. This was a trademark characteristic of central European Baroque architecture. Theology Hall is also part of the complex. Construction on the library commenced in 1679. The complex has been kept in excellent condition throughout the scourges and desicrations of many wars and catastrophies.
The Strahov complex picture gallery is shown in photo #3. A network of three dimensional Gothic arches and potted plants provide an excellent setting for the impressive art collection. The gallery and library can be enjoyed by the public on most days for a modest admission price.
This is the other famous room in the Strahov Monastery. All of the frescoes on the walls and ceilings relate to libraries and the looking after of books. One of the paintings shows St John with his prayer book being held in a small pouch – a rather tenuous link to librarianism in my opinion!
The Globes you see in my picture here are 17th Century and are astronomical rather than the usual geographical. You can also see more of the famous library that this monastery holds here. My second picture shows the same room, but with more of an emphasis on the ceiling.
This Monastery was originally built in 1140 by a strict religious order. It was a big building and was close in size to the residence of the King. The Monastery was destroyed by fire in 1258 – perhaps the King got jealous?
The Monastery is famous for its Library, its Philosophical Hall and its Theological Hall. These are around 800 years old, and have been ransacked many times by armies. Despite all of these, the monastery is one of the best you can see in the whole of the Czech Republic. An interesting part of the monastery’s history was that when monasteries were being dissolved in 1783, this one escaped the dissolution by changing its library into a research institute.
The picture you see here is the Philosophical Hall. The title of the picture you see on the ceiling is “The Struggle of Mankind to know Real History”. There are a lot of books in the room which you can see on the shelves.
visit the STRAHOV ABBEY: and especially the PHILOSOPHICAL LIBRARY.
The name Strahov is derived from the Abbeys position on a hill overlooking The LESSER QUARTER and the entrance to Prague's CASTLE (strahovati = too keep watch over.....)
This place silences you completely with its extraordinary beauty!
This complex was founded in 1140 and has gone through an architectural evolution over the years. There are two Baroque churches still standing, but most impressive is the monastery's library, with its vaulted celings and lavish ornamentation.
It's located in Hradcany, the residential area around the west gate of Prague Castle.
This most fascinating room you can find also in the Museum of Czech Literature, which is a part of the Strahov Monastery. This new library hall is built in 1782 and the painting is from Franz Maulbertsch telling the History of Mankind.
Seeing this splendid room (and also the Theological Hall) one can not be surprised that several films were filmed here – Dungeons & Dragons and most recent the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.
This library hall is completed in 1679 and you can find it in the Museum of Czech Literature, which is a part of the Strahov Monastery. Some of the astronomy globes are from the Dutchman Willem Blaeu. The wall paintings are telling us about the subject of a librarian.
If you want to take that postcard perfect panoramic picture go tto the the Strahov Terrace. Day , evening, or night, you will have the whole city center at a glance.
To get there take tram 22 to the Pohoøelec stop, cross the square, turn right uphill and you will be in front of the main gate of the Strahov Monastery. Cross the yard and go to the iron gate at the far end. A few steps away and down is the terrace.
Strahovsky klaster - the Strahov monastery.
A Premonstratensian Order monastery, founded in 1140 by Vladislav II.The present baroque shape was acquired in the later half of the 17 th and during the 18 th century. Within the monastery preceincts there are the church of the Assumption (1743 - 1752), the Strahov picture gallery, the valuable Strahov library with a large number of medieval illuminated manuscripts, maps, globes and graphics, the baroque Theological Room (1671-1679), and the classicist Philosphy Room (1785-1794) decorated with fresco paintings of A. Maultbertsch.
Museum of Czech Literature Prague-Strahov
This is one of the most impressive buildings that we visited. It is one place that you should certainly try not to miss, but allow yourself plenty of time, because there is so much to see and just wonder at.