Founded in 1143 by a community of Premonstratensian monks, Strahov Monastery has survived fires, wars, and revolutions. Approximately 70 monks still live on site. The monastery complex contains landscaped gardens and a basilica with two spires that can be seen from across Prague, as well as the world-famous library.
Visit to see the library’s enormous collection of books and admire the impressive ceiling painted with frescoes. While at the monastery, make sure to also see the basilica, the on-site brewery, the picture gallery—which displays paintings from the 14th–19th centuries—and the treasury, which contains priceless objects used by the monks. Many visitors opt to join a guided tour to learn about the wealth of objects and artifacts housed at Strahov.