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Strahov Monastery Theological Hall

Posted by Avital Pinnick on December 31, 2013


The Theological Hall was built in the late 1600s by an architect of Italian origin, which explains the Italian Baroque stucco cartouches in the ceiling. The ceiling frescoes were added in 1727. The library contains some 18,000 volumes, mainly theological works.


Painted statue of St. John the Evangelist (patron of toothaches?):



The connecting hall outside the libraries houses a Cabinet of Curiosities and illuminated manuscripts.

Strahov Evangeliary (9th century), from Trier. The cover and binding date from the 15th century. You can buy a facsimile for €14,000 (listed on Amazon for $18,000, which does not include shipping).


Albert of Sternberk’s Pontifical (1376). As a jigsaw puzzle it is priced very reasonably at $24.99.


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Strahov Monastery Philosophical Hall

Posted by Avital Pinnick on December 31, 2013


Strahov Monastery’s Philosophical Hall (interior constructed 1794-1797) is probably Prague’s most famous library. If you don’t book a special guided tour, you can only photograph it from the doorway, as I did. A “photo license” costs 30 crowns. You wear a sticker to show that you paid for the privilege. Then you lie on the floor, with tourists walking over you, to try to get a shot of the ceiling. 🙂 I was lucky that it wasn’t too crowded on a Sunday morning.

Detail of the ceiling fresco, painted by Viennese painter Anton Maulbertsch (1794), at the far end of the library and the upper gallery. (Other sites provide a 360-degree panorama of the library and a detailed description of the fresco.)






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Trinity College Library: Cathedral of Books

Posted by Avital Pinnick on July 9, 2013

Trinity College, Dublin

Although photography is not permitted in the Book of Kells exhibit, it is allowed in the Long Room of the Old Library. The Long Room was built between 1712 and 1732. The upper gallery was added in the 1850s to accommodate the growing collection.

Trinity College, Dublin

The Long Room is believed to have been the model for the Jedi library in George Lucas’s film Attack of the Clones.

Trinity College, Dublin

Trinity College, Dublin

View looking up at the gallery

Trinity College, Dublin

Staircase to the gallery was not open to the public. Pity–I would have loved to photograph it from above!

Trinity College, Dublin

Trinity College, Dublin

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