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20 of the most beautiful libraries in the world

By: Melissa Breyer on Nov. 15, 2017, noon
Strahov Library, Prague

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Strahov Library, Czech Republic

The Theological Hall (pictured here) in the library of Prague’s Strahov Monastery was established in 1679 and serves as a shining example of the exuberance and grandeur typical of Baroque design. The collection includes 18,000 books focused on theology, as well as plenty of important ornamental details like the carved wooden cartouches with images indicating book categories and the incredible ceiling frescoes painted in the 18th century by Siard Nosecký.