The Klementinum
Prague • Czech Republic

From: Prague Travel Guide

See also: Charles BridgeGoltz Kinsky PalaceKampa Island

The Klementinum, Prague, Czech Republic
The Klementinum is a vast complex of beautifully styled Baroque buildings that covers an area of nearly 5 acres. The main points of interest within the complex are the Astronomical Tower, Mirror Chapel and Baroque Library.

The Astronomical Tower is 68 meters high and was originally used for astronomical observations well up until the 1930's when the astronomer's of Prague moved to a new observatory near to the village of Ondrejov which is 35 kilometers to the Southeast of Prague. At the very top of the tower there is a statue of a man holding a large celestial sphere on his shoulders, and from the top floor viewing gallery you can have fantastic views of the River Vltava and surrounding area.

The Mirror Chapel has a beautifully marbled floor and walls with a frescoed ceiling by Jan Hiebl, murals on the wall and stunning gilded stucco ornamentation as well as mirrors built into the interior of the chapel. The Chapel holds regular classical concerts and contains two organs.

The Baroque Library Hall has been beautifully preserved with many of the original library bookcase labels remaining intact providing authenticity that this is Baroque Library. The Library Hall ceiling has been frescoed by Jan Hiebl and the Hall itself contains many old and rare books and several globes which are positioned in the centre of the Baroque Library Hall.

Guided Tours
Tours of the Klementinum are available in both Czech and English.

Attraction Location Guide
The Klementinum is close to Charles Bridge in Prague's Old Town. There are three entrances to the Klementinum the first entrance is Krizovnicka 190, the second is Karlova 1 and the third entrance is Marianske nam 5.