When the Emperor Ferdinand I invited the Jesuits to Prague in 1556 to spearhead the Counter-Reformation, they moved into the former monastery of St. Clement. In the 17th century the Karolinum merged with the Klementinum and they undertook a building programme which lasted over 150 years. When the Jesuit Order …Read More »
Covering an area of over 2 hectares, the Klementinum baroque fortress enclosed a college, schools, churches, a library, a theatre, an observatory and a printing shop. When the Jesuit Order was dissolved in 1773 the complex was taken over by the university; today it belongs to the National Library. The Chapel of Mirrors where Mozart once played is now a popular venue for chamber music and concerts. Worth a visit is the baroque National Library and Astronomical Tower.
Location: Klementinum 190, Old Town
Opening hours: May—Oct Mon—Fri 2-7, Sat—Sun 10-7: Mar—Apr, Nov—Dec Mon—Fri 2-6, Sat—Sun 11-7
Library: Marianske náměstí 40 , 9.00-19.00 Mon—Sat