Strahov Monastery, Prague

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Strahovksy klaster, Strahovske nadvori 1 +420 233 107 711
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  • Entrance to the monastery's libraries
    Entrance to the monastery's libraries
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    Strahov Monastery

    by irisha Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    I don't have much to say about Strahov Monastery except that I chose to walk up to it right from the Charles Bridge. I am not quite sure how it happened, but I checked out my map and found out that there is a way to cross Lesser Town on foot and get to the Monastery. The map doesn't show hills though, so once I began to climb up those hills, the angle of which seemed to be at least 60 degress, I couldn't quite turn around and run for a tram station. I ploughed on and on until I reached a beautiful park (with tons of snow) where I had to climb some more hills and THEN, after about 40 minutes I finally reached my destination. It was beautiful. But I highly recommend to take the tram (Line 22). [Pictured here is the view from the hill on which the Monastery is located.]

    Address: Strahovksy klaster, Strahovske nadvori 1

    Directions: From Prague Castle: Hradcanske namesti, Loretanska street, Pohorelec.

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    STRAHOV MONASTERY

    by alyf1961 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Strahov monastery was founded in 1140 by a religious order. It was destroyed by fire in 1258 then rebuilt in the gothic style. It was later added to in the baroque style. The library is over 800 years old and despite being ransacked by armies over the years it is still one of the finest libraries in bohemia. In 1783, the monastery escaped the dissolution of the monasteries by Joseph II by turning the library into a research facility. The monastery is again a working monastery.

    Address: Strahovksy klaster, Strahovske nadvori 1

    Directions: From Prague Castle: Hradcanske namesti, Loretanska street, Pohorelec.

    Phone: 22 05 16 671

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    Strahovsky Klaster

    by Cristian_Uluru Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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.

    Address: Strahovksy klaster, Strahovske nadvori 1

    Directions: From Prague Castle: Hradcanske namesti, Loretanska street, Pohorelec.

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    by Cristian_Uluru Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The church of the Lady is one the most wonderful example of the Baroque restructuring to which the monastery has been subject. On the facade there are the statues of Johann Anton Quitainer that were assistant when the church was rehandled by Anselmo Lurago in 1750.

    Address: Strahovksy klaster, Strahovske nadvori 1

    Directions: From Prague Castle: Hradcanske namesti, Loretanska street, Pohorelec.

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    by Cristian_Uluru Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Baroque interior of the church is richly decorated. On the times of the side aisles there are 12 paintings, work made by Jiri Neunhertz, with scenes of the life of St. Norberto, founder of the premonstratense order.

    Address: Strahovksy klaster, Strahovske nadvori 1

    Directions: From Prague Castle: Hradcanske namesti, Loretanska street, Pohorelec.

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    Strahovsky Klaster: philosophical room

    by Cristian_Uluru Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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.

    Address: Strahovksy klaster, Strahovske nadvori 1

    Directions: From Prague Castle: Hradcanske namesti, Loretanska street, Pohorelec.

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    Strahovsky Klaster: theological room

    by Cristian_Uluru Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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.

    Address: Strahovksy klaster, Strahovske nadvori 1

    Directions: From Prague Castle: Hradcanske namesti, Loretanska street, Pohorelec.

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    Library Rooms

    by MichaelFalk1969 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    One of the best places to visit dignified old libraries ... the Monastery Strahov has several magnificent old library rooms, as well as some ancient books on display. The only downside is you can only admire the rooms behind a barrier (unlike, for instance, the Long Room in Dublins Trinity college). Very worthwhile nonetheless!

    Address: Strahovksy klaster, Strahovske nadvori 1

    Directions: From Prague Castle: Hradcanske namesti, Loretanska street, Pohorelec.

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    The Strahov Monastery

    by Paul2001 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Strahov Monastery is a large 12th century cloistered monastery. It is located on the Hradcany but somewhat away from the more famous Loreta and crowded Prague Castle. The monastery has been renovated many times over the centuries and does not resemble anything Gothic. Rather it has a more baroque look instead. The primary reason for visiting the Strahov Monastery is to see the Strahov Library. This is the largest monastic library in the Czech Republic and the location of two stunning halls. They are the Pilosophy Hall, which consists of two stories of beautifully frescoed walls and ceiling, and the smaller but equally interesting Theology Hall. It too has fine frescos. These two halls are connected by an entrance hall which is filled with curiosities such as globes and stuffed animals.
    It costs 60kc to visit the Strahov Library which is open daily from 9am to noon and 1pm to 5pm. If you like to, you can also visit the Strahov Gallery, also amongst the cloisters. To be honest I did not have the time to pay a visit myself and I cannot tell you of the quality of the gallery firsthand. It is suppose to have a good collection of Bohemian art.

    Address: Strahovksy klaster, Strahovske nadvori 1

    Directions: From Prague Castle: Hradcanske namesti, Loretanska street, Pohorelec.

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  • Strahovsky klaster - Strahov monastery

    by Finofilka Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This is a historical complex,where is lot to see and do.
    Yiu can visit Gallery Miro,where is lot of works from famous artist (Picasso,A. Mucha, Dali...), you can explore microworld in Museum of miniaturs, baroc library, The museum of Czech Literature (pamatnik narodniho pisemnictvi) and more and more.
    And from Strahov is beautiful view of Prague. It is close to the Prague castle and Petrin (tower, parcs)

    Address: Strahovsky klaster, Strahovske nadvori 1

    Directions: From Prague Castle: Hradcanske namesti, Loretanska street, Pohorelec.

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    The Strahov Monastery

    by vesna04 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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 .

    Address: Strahovksy klaster, Strahovske nadvori 1

    Directions: From Prague Castle: Hradcanske namesti, Loretanska street, Pohorelec.

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  • Strahov Monastery Library

    by ranstey Updated Apr 4, 2011

    The inside of the Strahov Monastery library was incredibly impressive. I wish they'd let you actually go inside though. Entry fees for this are more expensive that I expected relative to the rest of the city.

    Address: Strahovksy klaster, Strahovske nadvori 1

    Directions: From Prague Castle: Hradcanske namesti, Loretanska street, Pohorelec.

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    The library at the Strahov Monastery

    by mikelisaanna Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Strahov Monastery contains an absolutely beautiful library, with ornate painted Baroque ceilings. Visitors are only allowed to peer into the two main rooms of the library from the hallway, but the view is worth it.

    In addition to the library, the Strahov Monastery also features a beautiful church and nice exhibition of paintings.

    Address: Strahovksy klaster, Strahovske nadvori 1

    Directions: From Prague Castle: Hradcanske namesti, Loretanska street, Pohorelec.

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  • Strahov Monastery

    by grkboiler Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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.

    Address: Strahovksy klaster, Strahovske nadvori 1

    Directions: From Prague Castle: Hradcanske namesti, Loretanska street, Pohorelec.

    Phone: 220516671

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  • Basilica of Our Lady at Strahov Monastery

    by grkboiler Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Basilica of Our Lady at Strahov Monastery was built in 1258 after a fire destroyed the first structure. It has underwent many reconstructions, repairs, and renovations since then. It is amazingly detailed with an altar made of marble in 1768 and contains some beautiful frescoes. Mozart played the organ here in 1787.

    The tomb of General Pappenheim, a hero of the Thirty Years' War, is located in the Chapel of Our Lady of Passau. The remains of St. Norbert, founder of the Premonstratensians, are located in another chapel.

    Address: Strahovksy klaster, Strahovske nadvori 1

    Directions: From Prague Castle: Hradcanske namesti, Loretanska street, Pohorelec.

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