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“The library is situated in the Strahov Monastery near the Prague Castle. It is a seat of the Premonstratensian Order since the 12 th century. It is one of the most famous historical buildings in Prague. There are lots of valuable documents and books in the Strahov Library. Earliest prints and more are kept in the Baroque Theological Hall from 1671. The oldest parchment gospel-book is from the 9th century. There are also Dutch globes from the 17 th century in the hall. The main hall of the new classicist library building is the Philosophical Hall. There are 50 000 books kept there. The ceiling is covered with amazing fresco painting by A. Maultbertsch. Library is open to the public between 9 am and 5 pm every day the whole year. It is not possible to take books outside the monastery, because of their great value, but you can read them in the study hall.”
Text excerpted from magx.