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Strahov Library - Theological Hall, Philosophical Hall (Strahovská knihovna)

Strahov Library - Theological Hall, Philosophical Hall (Strahovská knihovna)

The library of the Premonstratensian monastery at Strahov is one of the most valuable and best-preserved historical libraries – its collection consists of approximately 200,000 volumes. The oldest part of the library, the Baroque Theological Hall, was established between 1671 and 1674; the main Classicist vaults of the Philosophical Hall date from 1794 and are two storeys tall. Both halls are dominated by ceiling frescoes by Siard Nosecký and Anton Maulbertsch.

Philosophers’ Hall
Creating a new library with a Classicist Philosophers’ Hall in the era of abbot Václav Mayer represented a grand crowning of the Strahov area building development. By creating a library which he made accessible for public, the abbot prevented the abolition of the monastery in the Joseph’s era. Moreover, the abbot was close to Joseph II, and he had the front gable of the Strahov library decorated with a medallion of Joseph II - an enlightened ruler who appreciates the value of the library. The library was created by transforming the former granary, under the command of Ignác Palliardi. Soon afterwards, the library was rebuilt and adjusted to suit the library interior from the abolished Premonstrate temple in Louka near Znojmo, whose books the Strahov abbot managed to acquire. The walnut wood library was built in Prague in the years 1794 - 1797 by the original author Jan Lahofer of Tasovice. The highest lines of books are only accessible from a gallery, to which there are spiral staircases in the library corners, hidden by fake spines of books.In 1794, Anton Maulbertsh painted the library ceiling with a theme Journey of mankind to wisdom, according to the painting in the library in Louka. The library is by far not only focusing on religion; there are also medical, pharmaceutical, mathematical, juridical, philosophical, geographical, astronomical, and other books. The hall is 32 m long, 10 m wide and 14 m high.

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MarcViskens30-Apr-2017 18:16
very impressive José
Dallas Hyatt29-Apr-2017 18:22
Wow! Very impressive!
Sarah Rehfeldt18-Apr-2017 01:29
You did this so well!
lautla17-Apr-2017 20:23
Very nice shot and library ;-)
Cemil Gursen10-Apr-2017 11:02
Dreamy ! V
Milan Vogrin08-Apr-2017 13:25
Beautiful! V
Barry S Moore21-Mar-2017 05:55
Breathtaking. Excellent. My daughter is a library technician. I will ask her for comment!!! ~V~
Buz Kiefer17-Mar-2017 20:11
Awesome. The combination of the book cases and the ceiling are remarkable. Vote.
janescottcumming17-Mar-2017 13:21
This is cool. Love the light coming in the windows. V
Gill Kopy17-Mar-2017 01:22
Wow Jose - what a fabulous shot of this amazing library - so cool how the fisheye captures so much of it BV
Ton T.16-Mar-2017 18:07
An impressive old library! V
lucanton16-Mar-2017 17:17
magnifique intérieur! V
laine16-Mar-2017 17:13
Your fisheye has provided a view of the entire great looking library
Walter Otto Koenig16-Mar-2017 15:49
Interesting use of the fisheye. Conveys the great size of this library well. "V"
Jeff Real16-Mar-2017 15:38
I love the expansive view and details ~V~
Dwight Rankine16-Mar-2017 14:58
beautiful perspective! BV
Helen Betts16-Mar-2017 14:41
What a beautiful ceiling, and a great effect with that lens. V.
Pieter Bos16-Mar-2017 14:29
Great place! ~V
Jim Coffman16-Mar-2017 14:10
What a fantastic library!
Nick Paoni16-Mar-2017 14:04
The fisheye really emphasizes the grandeur of this architecture. V
Stephanie16-Mar-2017 13:54
WOW! What a beautiful interior! V
Neil Marcus16-Mar-2017 13:52
An effective use of the WA lens. It adds interest.
Frank Tran16-Mar-2017 13:48
Very beautiful. V+
cobler16-Mar-2017 13:04
A great wide angle view.....V
Yvonne16-Mar-2017 10:35
A fabulous interior shot Jose! v
Irene Wehrli16-Mar-2017 10:14
The color and light of the ceiling is simply outstanding - love this library…
marie-jose wolff16-Mar-2017 10:10
superb library, great perspective! V
Ika Zinka Eferl16-Mar-2017 08:28
Outstanding image!V
Pete Hemington16-Mar-2017 07:16
Great perspective and good exposure of this amazing place
fotabug16-Mar-2017 07:10
What a massive library, stunning image! V
Ton, Ben & Rob Nagtegaal16-Mar-2017 07:01
What a beautiful image of this library. V
globalgadabout16-Mar-2017 05:03
a bibliophiles's paradise....wonderful image...V
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