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The establishment of the Royal Premonstratensian Cannonry at Strahov in 1143 was also the begining of the Strahov Library. Even though at the start it was not known that a library was in the making, some of the manuscripts date back to the founding of the monastery. So what else is there to admire?
The establishment of the Royal Premonstratensian Cannonry at Strahov in 1143 was also the begining of the Strahov Library. Even though at the start it was not known that a library was in the making, some of the manuscripts date back to the founding of the monastery. So what else is there to admire?

We could go on for hours about the history of the Strahov Library. As an indication we’ll mention a few events – several fires, rebuilds, looting by foreign armies and the Hussite radicals… The library has seen it all and still kept the form we see it in today. Despite all the peripeteia, the books gathered to the end of the 17th century survived to see a suitable store room in the Theological Library Room. The library rules were written at the same time.

Nowadays the library has around 200 000 volumes. The books are in the halls and the adjacent depositaries. A large part of the fund is made up of old prints from 1501 – 1800. The incunabulum and manuscripts kept in the treasury are all highly valuable.

The Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts is a first for Strahov Library. The book was published by the Masaryk Institute and the Archive of the Czech Academy of Science, in cooperation with the Royal Premonstratensian Cannonry at Strahov.

Thanks to this publication all of the manuscripts from the Strahov collection, dating from the 9th century to 1750, are available to the professional community and the general public. The catalogue has 234 colour illustrations.

It is estimated that there are 2 500 works in the collection of manuscripts at Strahov Library. About 4 500 volumes are kept in the treasury because it is the most valuable collection of books in the Czech Republic and Central Europe too. By publishing the Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts at the Strahov Library the public has been given a work that was initiated by the Commission for Registering and Studying Manuscripts. The work was taken on by Pavel Brodský from the Masaryk Institute of the Czech Academy of Science in cooperation with Jan Pařez, the curator of the manuscript collection at Strahov Monastery.

Don’t miss this opportunity to get to know more about the Strahov Monastery.

Royal Premonstratensian Cannonry at Strahov
Strahovské nádvoří 1/132, 118 00  Praha 1
www.strahovskyklaster.cz
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