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Strahov Monastery

A Premonstratensian monastery
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The Strahov monastery was the first Premonstratensian monastery in Bohemia. It was established in 1140 by the Bishop of Olomouc Jindřich Zdík and by Prince Vladislav the Second. The area was built in the Romanesque style, and at the end of the 12th century, it was probably larger than the Prague Castle. After being destroyed by fire in 1258, it was renovated but already in an early Gothic style. The significance of the monastery, however, reached its pinacle in 1627, when the remains of a St. Norbert of Magdeburg, the founder of the Premonstratensian Order, where brought to Strahov, after having been defeated by Evangelists.
After the monastery had been plundered by

the Swedish troops during the Thirty Year War, it was reconstructed in a Baroque style. The horizontal projection of the cloister consists of an irregular rectangle, in the center of which stands the abbey church of Assumption of the Virgin. Part of the cloister became a unique Baroque library and an art gallery, with a treasured painting by Albrecht Dürer named "Růžencová Slavnost" (Rosary Festival). The monks used to brew a famous beer, and the brewery in the courtyard still follows the tradition.
Since the fifties of the 20th century, the monastery houses a "Památník Národního Písemnictví" (Museum of National Literature), which is a unique literary archive.

GPS: 50° 5′ 10.38″ N, 14° 23′ 22.23″ E

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Ulice Strahovské nádvoří Město Praha 1


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