The country’s largest library, Strahov has two lakefront halls built around the 17th and 18th centuries. There are about 200 000 books and around 3000 manuscripts, among which are 1500 first prints.

The library has two huge halls. Outside the hallway is the reception area. There you will find the Cabinet of Curiosities dating from the 18th-century. This contains the remains of different animals like skates, sharks, skates, turtles and other sea monsters. The sailors prepared there flayed created and they gave them to credulous landlubbers. Along the narwhal tusk, you’ll see two long leathery items: they look like elephants’ trunks but in truth, they were preserved whales’ penises.

Hallways of the Library

The Theological Hall saved and kept the collection of books after around 30 long years of war. It was Giovanni Domenico Orsi who designed the library giving it a Baroque style in 1679. The library has been keeping these collections of books for more than a hundred years already and some of its contents were prohibited books kept in secret chambers.

The second hall is the Jan Ignaz Palliardi. This hall was added to accommodate the new collection of books of Strahov Library in the 17th and 18th century.

This is actually the primary library. Ceiling frescoes from Siard Nosecký, that dates back to the 18th century, depict the people’s attitudes towards novels. There’s an exhibit in the Theological Hall, also it’s the so-called compilation wheel, which will be a desk to be utilized in compiling texts. There were books placed on the racks of the wheel, and a mechanism prevented the novels and kept them in place.

The ancient corridor added to the historical features of the Theology Hall that existed since the 1679 (Teologiský sál). The intricate baroque stuccowork, adorned with cartouches depicts ‘True Wisdom’, the theme of the library. It is attained through piety: initio sapientiae timor domini, meaning “the beginning of wisdom is the fear of God”.

Best Time to visit Strahov Library

Strahov Library is available to the general public, it opens from 9 am and 5 pm every day, all year round. It only closes on the 25th December or Easter Sunday. Admission fee is 80- CZK. You can also book a trip ahead of time and visit these timeless collections of books and some artifacts.

Address: Strahovské nádvorí 1/132, 118 00 Praha 1, Czechia
Phone: +420 233 107 704
Website: Strahov Library


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