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.
The philosophical room is wonderful. The frescos on the roof illustrate The allegorie of the knowledge of the history made by Franz Maulbertsch. The room was built in 1782 to welcome the Baroque shelves and the books coming from the monastery of Louka.
The theological room is stupendous. The plasters and the paintings of the walls are inspired to the love for the wisdom. Along the walls the globe of William Blaeu can be seen.
Photos in the monastery is allowed paing an extra.
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.
The library at Strahov Monastery is the oldest, largest, and probably the most important collection of literature in the Czech Republic. The library contains over 200,000 volumes of literature. The oldest manuscripts are from a summary of the Gospels that date back to the 10th century.
There are two buildings to hold the collection - Theological Hall (built in 1679) and Philosophical Hall (built in 1783). Each building is as impressive as the library collection, being decorated with frescoes and containing other works of art.
In 1950, the Communist government closed the monastery and established it as part of the Museum of National Literature along with the Picture Gallery. After the fall of Communism, the collection was returned to the Strahov Premonstratensians.
The library is open daily except Christmas and Easter from 9 AM - 5 PM (closed 12 PM - 1 PM for lunch). Admission is charged.
This Monastery complex is much older than Hradcany Town as it was built in 1140. It reflects the mixture of the arhitectual styles. Originaly it was built in Romanesque style, later some Gothic and Baroque features were added. Everyone should visit the Monastery's Library as well as Strahov Gallery .
The climb to Strahov Monastery is worth while.
The monastery is located at the top of the hill of Mala Strana (Lesser Town). You walk up through beautiful streets (start your ascend from Nerudova street), passing buildings with beautiful facades (some embassies too).
The Strahov Monastery is a peaceful resort with art collections (both old and modern). The patio with a pool and water lilies is mesmerizing.
Then go to the Library - it is a baroque monument that's worth seeing.
The other impressive Library at Strahov is the Theological Hall - perhaps even more amzing this room, especially the intricate ceiling with its green and cream stucco work.
This library was built to 1671 to replace the one destroyed by the swedish army.
Again stacks of bookcases and also globes are in the room.
The monastery of Strahov was founded in 1140 by the premonstratenses monks and its dimensions were in rivalry with those of the castle. The monastery was destroyed by a fire in 1258 and it was reconstructed in Gothic and Baroque style. The famous library with the Theological and Philosophical Room has more than 800 years and is one of the most beautiful that I have seen. When Joseph II closed all the monasteries in 1783, he made an exception for Strahov.
Strahov Monastery was founded in 1140 and is one of the oldest working monasteries of the Premonstratensian Order in the world. Highlights include the Picture Gallery, Library, and the Basilica of Our Lady. The current structures were completed in the 17th and 18th centurys and there are still renovations going on.
In 1950, the Communist government closed the monastery and established its library and Picture Gallery collection as part of the Museum of National Literature. After the fall of Communism, the collection was returned to the Strahov Premonstratensians.
The Monastery is closed on Mondays. Admission is charged in the Library and Picture Gallery. See my other tips for more specific info.
Strahov monastery was originally built for Vladislav II im 1140. It was saved from dissolution in 1783 due to its immense status as school - the libraries here are amazing (more on that soon). and what most people come to see. Monks are now back in residence here - it had been closed under communisim regime -and the abbey, refectory and gardens are revived again.
We had a quick peep inside the abbey and then got tickets to see its main attraction. - the libraries, the entrance of which is to the right of the abbey.
The monastery is spolit with two of the most beautiful libraries I an seen - more impressive than the one in astronomical tower in a way. The libraries are only viewable from a roped offf doorway but its a jaw-dropping scene!
THe larger one is the Philosphical Hall which houses the scientific and religious texts of the Louka monastery library in Moravia. Its not only the floor to ceiling collection of volumes in walnut bookcases that catch the eye but the colurful ceiling frescoes (1794) by the Austrian AntonMaulbertsch.
It is a pity I could not see the entire interior, but just this view from behind the fence.
But at least I know it will be absolutely worth to go there again on a sunday, equipped with my camera hidden somewhere , well in advance of church service...
The Theological library is on 1st floor and it looks very special too, as it shows also great globes of the 17th century and excellent paintings on the ceiling.
When walking the long corridors of the monastery you will see plenty of more interesting exhibits.
This is certainly the most precious exhibit in Strahov monastery :
The "Strahov Evangeliar "
It was handwritten on 218 pages in the 9th century and the cover was decorated with kristalls and jewels between the 12th and the 17th century.