STRAHOV MONASTERY LIBRARY—Prague, Czech Republic
Perched atop a hillside overlooking the ever-busy capital city of the Czech Republic, the Strahov Monastery was founded by the Premonstratensian order in the twelfth century. Two libraries are enfolded within its complex. The older Theological Hall, above, dates to 1679, while the Philosophical Hall was built more than 200 years later. Both feature beautiful frescoes and ornate stucco work on the elegantly curved barrel ceilings.
Photography courtesy Strahov Monastery and Library
Text Karen Callaway