Located in Prague, at the highest point of Mala Strana Hill (facing the Old City and not far from the Castle), Strahov monastery houses one of the most beautiful libraries in the Czech Republic, which has two rooms, one called "Philosophical Hall", the other "Theological Hall". You will not be given access to the books, but you will be able to admire the ceilings, carved wood, shelves and decorative elements from the doorway. A superb 18th century fresco crowns the Philosophical Hall, and a stucco ceiling with 17th century painted medallions in the Theological Hall. 18,000 books are held in the latter room and 42,000 in the first. Since 2007, it has been possible to stay within the monastery, in a luxury hotel of the Crowne Plaza hotel chain.
Since 1953, the monastery has been home to the Museum of Czech Literature which is dedicated to the history of the nation's literature.© Sergey Novikov / 123RF
Several parts of the Strahov Monastery are not accessible to the public.© David Maska / 123RF
The monastery's rich library holds wonderful illuminated manuscripts, maps, globes and engravings from the Middle Ages.© Maciej BÅ?Ä?dowski / 123RF
This church shelters the remains of St. Norbert.© Leonid Andronov / 123RF