Founded in the 12th century, the Strahov Monastery is a Premonstratensian abbey located in Strahov, Prague, just a short walk from the Prague Castle. Strahov Monastery, also known as Strahovský Klášter in Czech, not only hosts a triple-aisled Romanesque basilica that has been reconstructed several times but also a beautiful library in the Theological Hall and the Philosophical Hall.
The Monastery was built by bishop Jindřich Zdík with the help of other bishops of Prague, as well as the Duke of Bohemia. The main building itself has so much history and it has withstood multiple fires and disasters, including the communist takeover, but despite this, it is still functioning as a monastery today.
Every room in the Monastery is absolutely breathtaking with intricate ceiling murals and hand carved and detailed arches. All of the books in the libraries are stacked up on carved wooden bookshelves that reach the ceilings. The library is one of the oldest church libraries in all of Prague and contains many volumes published before the year 1500.
The Basilica features a grand organ on which Mozart improvised when he made his visit to Strahov in 1787. This is the perfect place to visit for book lovers, historians, or people who would just like to have a stroll through some of the most beautiful architecture in all of Prague, complete with a brewery, bells, vineyards, and some of the most amazing views of the city!
We always make it a point to take visitors there with our all-inclusive group tours to Prague. You can learn more about that at TenDaysInPrague.com and maybe we’ll get to share the beautiful Strahov Monastary with you in person.