The gigantic complex of Klementinum was founded by the Jesuits in 1556 after the arrived in Bohemia. The library of the complex was built almost 2 centuries later in 1722 and at this moment it house over 20,000 books. The libraries ceiling frescoes are what catch every visitor’s eye and make them feel enchanted when entering the space. The library is not as well known as other large libraries around the world and many guess that it must hide many rare books of the Czech literature.
The Klementinum was once known as the third largest Jesuit college in the world.
The oldest weather forecasting in the are of the Czech Lands began in 1775 from the interior of the Klementinum.
The famous library is mentioned in a book by Jorge Luis Borges as part of his character’s dream.
The ceiling frescoes in the library were made by Jan Hiebl.
At first, the Klementinum was launched as an observatory, library and University by the Empress Maria Theresa of Austria.
The Klementinum is an example of Baroque architecture in Prague and it is the second largest complex right after the Castle of Prague.
In 2006, there was an architectural competition held and the winner design would be the one chosen for the new library building. However, the building hasn’t been built yet.
Some people visit this place for the rare books and some others visit it for the architecture and the frescoes. What’s important is to try and support places like this that need to stay alive and breathing for as long as it is possible.