Strahov Monastery, Prague

Tram 18 takes you up to the top of the hill past the Palace Complex to the Strahov Monastery that was established in 1143. Despite the efforts of the Hussite wars and later the Communists no one was able to shut it down.

Stravo Monastery

Stravo Monastery

Monastery

Monastery

Monastery church

Monastery church

Monastery church interior

Monastery church interior

The monks at the Premonstratensian Monastery at Strahov from the earliest times have been committed to education and the library witnesses to that, and it is one of the largest in the country. As the tour brochure points out:  “The diversity of the collection of art, literature, music and curiosities, all of which were intended in the past as well as the present to be a Speculum Mundi to please the eye as well as the spirit, being the key to knowledge and as understanding of the world.” Those words capture well the spirit of the monastery: Speculum Mundi,  that is, a mirror on the world.

Monastery library

Monastery library

Monastery library

Monastery library

Monastery library

Monastery library

Monastery library

Walking a little further down the hill I came to Loreto Abbey which has a remarkable Baroque facade with a clock tower whose bells are thrilling.

Loreto Abbey

Loreto Abbey

Loreto Abbey

Loreto Abbey

Loreto Abbey

Loreto Abbey

No pictures are allowed inside. The Treasury is remarkable and there is a monstrance with 6222 diamonds. This treasury is the most valuable in the Czech Republic.