One of the great things about visiting a city like Prague is having the opportunity to see and explore so many interesting historic sites. As an example, our featured travel quiz, the Strahov Monastary. Congratulations to TravelRob for being the first (and only one) to recognize this historic abbey. PHeymont had identified the city as Prague.
The Monastery has beautiful architecture and a picturesque setting near Prague Castle, but it is best know for its lavish library of ancient texts and manuscripts. So elegant is this library that it was used for filming scenes in the movie, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. There's also an interesting small church to explore, the Basilica of the Assumption of our Lady. And an excellent monastic brewery at which to enjoy another of the monks' creative endeavours.
(entrance to the Strahov Monastery, past a fortified wall)
Strahov is one of the oldest monasteries of the Premonstratensian Order in the world, operational nearly continously since its founding in 1143. Over the years the Hussite and other religious conflicts and politicans have tried to shut it down, but somehow the monastery kept going. Strahov Abbey, a Roman Catholic facility, currently has 80 members (monks and novices).
(Basilica of the Assumption of Our Lady is the main cloister church)
As with many monasteries in Europe, Strahov's monks were engaged in scholarly and artistic pursuits. These included the creation of an extensive library of historic books and an elegant building in which to store and present them. The most famous building in the complex is the Theological Hall, or Library, whose construction was completed in 1679. The Theological Hall has elaborate roof decorations and paintings which date to the 1720s.
(entrance to the library)
(The Library at the Strahov Monastery)
(Vineyard and views of Prague from the Monastery)
(A different perspective of the monastery)