Strahov Monastery (Strahovský Kláster)
Founded in 1143 by a community of Premonstratensian monks, Strahov Monastery has survived fires, wars, and revolutions. Approximately 70 monks still live on site. The monastery complex contains landscaped gardens and a basilica with two spires that can be seen from across Prague, as well as the world-famous library.
Visit to see the library’s enormous collection of books and admire the impressive ceiling painted with frescoes. While at the monastery, make sure to also see the basilica, the on-site brewery, the picture gallery—which displays paintings from the 14th–19th centuries—and the treasury, which contains priceless objects used by the monks. Many visitors opt to join a guided tour to learn about the wealth of objects and artifacts housed at Strahov.
Things to Know Before You Go
Visitors must join a tour to go inside the library; if you do not join a tour, you can only view the interior from the doorway.
Some tours include beer tasting at the on-site brewery; pre-book to take advantage of this option.
The monastery and its grounds contain uneven cobblestone floors and therefore may not be suitable for people with limited mobility.
The on-site brewery has a restaurant that offers lunch and snacks.
How to Get There
Strahov Monastery is located at Strahovské nádvorí 1 in Hradcany, a short distance from Prague Castle. The site is accessible on foot from other parts of the city (though walking requires a steep uphill climb). The easiest way to reach the site is by tram: Take the #22 or #23 to Poholorec, just outside the monastery entrance. Alternatively, you can book a guided tour that includes transportation.
When to Get There
Strahov monastery is open all year round. The site can get very busy during the summer months, when Prague welcomes thousands of tourists.
Walk through Hradcany Square
Hradcany Square, (orHradcany námestí), is at the centre of Prague’s historic Hradcany district. After visiting Strahov Monastery, walk around the square to see the castle, cathedral, and more. You can also admire the stately Renaissance and baroque mansions that line the square and once housed the city’s most elite residents.
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