The history of Strahovsky Klaster (The Strahov Monastery) started with the establishment of the Premonstratensians, a religious order of canons founded in 1120 by St Norbert as an independent part of the Catholic church. By the year 1182 a Romanesque stone monastery was built on the place of the older construction of Prince Vladislav II (from 1140). Then a fire in 1258, almost totally destroyed the church. It was then reconstructed in the Gothic style, but additions in Baroque style were added during the beginning of the 18th century. Also during it’s history the abbey was plundered by the Hussites and then during the Thirty Years’ War it was also bombarded by the French, in 1742. After the Communist regime ended, the abbey was returned to the Premonstratensians in 1989.
For 800 years Strahov Monastery it has endured wars, fires, invasions and still remains one of Prague's finest monasteries and museums. The Monastery contains a number of interesting features:
The Basilica of Our Lady is now dedicated to St. Norbert, the patron of Premonstratensians. The basilica contains frescoes by Neunhertz, with the motif of the blessed Virgin Mary and scenes from the life of St. Norbert. There is also the marble altar from Slivenec, the sculptures by Ignác Platzer and the organ where Mozart played during his visit to the monastery in 1787.
Perhaps the highlight of a visit to the monastery, is its famous library, being of one of the oldest monastic collections in the country. Located in the Theological and Philosophical halls, it is over 800 years old, and despite being ransacked, still holds over 16,000 books.
The Cabinet of Curiosities, brought to Strahov from the estate of Karel Jan Erben in 1798, houses natural science collections, mainly marine life, also collections of insects, minerals, and wax replicas of fruit, archaeological collections: ceramics, handcuffs, Hussite peasant weapons. And last, but not least – a Dodo!
Do check locally to confirm opening times and admission costs.
Library: Daily 9:00-12:00 & 13:00-17:00
Gallery: Daily 9:00-12:00 & 12:30-17:00
Getting there - public transport
Trams 22 and 23
|Guided tours available?:||
|Type of landmark:||
Building, Church, Religious Place
|Entrance fee adults, if applicable:||
US$2.33, GB£1.55, 2.20 EUR)*
|Entrance fee children/concessions, if applicable:||
US$1.17, GB£0.78, 1.10 EUR)*