Library of Strahov Monastery, Prague
The library in the Strahov Monastery in Prague played an important role in Czech history. There are about 200 000 old prints, mostly from the period between the 16 th and the 18 th century, around 3000 manuscripts and 1500 first prints. One of the most precious items is the Strahov Evangeliary from the 9 th century, with Romanesque and Gothic decoration. There are two splendidly decorated halls: the Theological Hall and the Philosophical Hall.
The origin of the collections in the Strahov Library goes back to the 12 th century, when the Premonstratensian monastery was founded there. The development of the library was interrupted several times through the centuries: there was a big fire in 1258, then it was damaged by Hussite warriors in the 15 th century. Swedish troops invaded Prague in 1648 and they took many books to Sweden with them.