Inside one of the most beautiful libraries in the world: Klementinum, a must-see in Prague, Czech Republic

Located in the city of Prague, in the Czech Republic, the Klementinum library is an exquisite example of baroque architecture in the country. First opened in 1722 as part of the Jesuit university, the library houses over 20,000 books in its collection and has been voted one of the most beautiful and majestic libraries in the world.

The complex is close to Charles Bridge, one of the main tourist attractions in the city, situated right in the historic center of Prague.

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Its interior has ceiling frescoes painted by Jan Hiebl and its original period furniture adds a magical touch to the interior decor. The paintings feature portraits of Jesuit saints, ancient patrons of the library, and other prominent figures.

THE Klementinum It used to be the third largest Jesuit college in the world and is the second largest architectural complex in the city after Prague Castle.

Another highlight of the attraction is the incredible collection of geographic and astronomical globes, mostly made by Jesuit priests, who also built astronomical clocks.

In the year 1773, the Jesuit College became part of the renowned Charles University, shortly after when the Jesuits severed ties with the Pope. It was in that year that the Klementinum officially became a library, observatory and university by Empress Maria Theresa of Austria.

Guided Tour

The site offers guided tours where visitors can visit three parts of the complex: the Capela dos Espelhos, the Baroque Library and the Astronomical Tower, a 68-meter high viewpoint that offers a 360-degree view of the historic center.

Klementinum library

Collection of geographic globes. Photo: Sean Yan

Klementinum library


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The fascinating decor attracts visitors from all over the world. Photo: ccmailb


The library's collection has more than 20,000 titles. Photo:

Klementinum library

Photo: Iztok Alf Kurnik

Klementinum library

Klementinum Library. Photo: LuizLouisLuix


  • Location: Karlova 1, Prague 1.
  • Price: Adults: Kč300 (R$66.70). Students and over 65s: Kč200 (R$44.40).
  • Schedule: January and February, from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm. From March to October, from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. November and December, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
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