The Klementinum and Strahov Monastery Library are two beautiful libraries in Prague that you’ve got to see. The first time I laid my eyes on them – boy, I had sheer goosebumps! From the floor to the walls and the ceilings, everything seems to scream beauty, art, and grandeur. The bookshelves are stacked with books written and published centuries ago. They are truly magnificent! Both libraries are in the same building and are a few steps from each other.
If you really want a full experience of the two libraries, you must book ahead. By booking ahead, you can join the tour that gets you to walk in and around these libraries. You will be able to see the books up close and personal and, perhaps, your photos will be much better than those I have below. It will be a bit more expensive, of course, but the thrill and the experience of being inside should be priceless. Can’t join the tour? Don’t worry. You can still buy a general admission ticket, but your viewing is only limited by peeking from/through the doors.
This is the Klementinum Library. It is the first one you will see after the attendants check your tickets.
And as you can see, it is a Baroque Library. Everything here has been intact for centuries.
Since the 17th century, the library has amassed 20,000 books mostly on theology.
Can you see the balconies above the tall bookshelves in this room?
Strahov Monastery Library
This library is also called the Theological Hall.
It has 200,000 volumes of books, maps, manuscripts, etc.
One of the most visible things here is the presence of massive astronomical globes. The Jesuits handcrafted them; as you can see, their artistic value is undeniable.
Look up at the ceilings of both libraries, and the incredible frescoes will never fail to make you gasp!
If you look closer, the frescoes have mixed paintings related to science, religion, and Jesuit Saints.
You’ll find a display of a Romanesque Gospel at the Library Hall.
Both libraries’ interiors have delicate wood carvings designs that will blow your mind away.
Don’t miss looking at the displays in the main hall that connects the two libraries. You’ll find interesting stuff that is worth telling a story about.
And when you’re done, go to the nearby church. Then, walk all the way down to the city center. The views of Prague will dazzle you.
Hotel / Hostel in Prague
Look no further – stay at RoadHouse Prague, especially when you are staying for 2 days/1 night only. It’s in downtown Prague, and you can walk to the Old Town Square and Charles Bridge. Famous landmarks like the St. Vitus Cathedral, Prague Castle, and Strahov Monastery Library are less than 2 kilometers on foot. You can book it via Booking, HostelWorld, and Expedia.