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Strahovské nádvoří 1/132, 10000 Praha
GPS: 50° 05' 10" N
14° 23' 20" E
The Strahov Monastery belonging to the (www.strahovskyklaster.cz) Premonstratensian Order was founded in 1143.
The monastery is centred around the Basilica of the Assumption – originally a triple-nave Romanesque basilica, later rebuilt in the Gothic and Baroque styles.
The highlight of any visit to the monastery is the Baroque library which holds over 200,000 books and manuscripts.
The Strahov Gallery also houses a valuable art collection.
A tour of the monastery includes the Cabinet of Curios, a collection of once exotic items of flora and fauna.
Visitors can also see the monastery’s dendrological library. Each of the 68 volumes dating from 1825 deals with just one tree. The books’ covers are made of the wood of the tree dealt with inside, the spines are made of bark and lichen, and inside there are roots, twigs, leaves, blossom, fruit and even parasites.