"The Strahov Monastery" Strahov Monastery Tip by Paul2001

Strahov Monastery, Prague: 66 reviews and 133 photos

  The Strahov Monastery
by Paul2001

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.
Phone: +420 233 107 711
Website: http://www.strahovskyklaster.cz/

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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