Founded in 1232, the Klementinum in Prague is the largest and most historic complex of buildings in the Old Town. It covers over two hectares, and is located close to the Vltava River
near Charles Bridge
The Klementinum has undergone a rich architectural evolution. Since the Middle Ages, many of Europe's great astronomers, scientists, philosophers and musicians have studied and worked here, influencing the development of its wonderful array of buildings.
Major buildings in the Klementinum
- Mirror Chapel: a truly beautiful and unique chapel built in 1724, with extensive frescos and carvings. Houses two 18th century organs, one played by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart on his visits to the Klementinum.
- Baroque Library Hall: stunning home of the Czech National Library, housing 20,000 books from the early 17th century onwards. The hall, decorated with magnificent ceiling frescoes, remains unaltered since the 18th century.
- Astronomical Tower: 172 steps lead to the top of the tower for 360° views over Prague. A lift operates only part of the way, so not for visitors with walking difficulties. On the 2nd floor of the tower is the Meridian Hall, which was designed to determine noon.
Churches in the Klementinum
St. Salvator and St. Clement's form part of the outer wall of the Klementinum, and feature some of the most important Baroque architecture in Prague.
Two ways to visit the Klementinum:
1. Guided Tour
Guided tours of the Klementinum, including the Baroque Library Hall, Astronomical Tower and the Meridian Hall (Mirror Chapel is not included) run every half an hour from 10:00-16:30 and last 45-60 minutes. Just turn up, no need to pre-book.
Price for guided tours: 220czk.
2. Classical Concert in the Mirror Chapel
Classical concerts are held in the historic Mirror Chapel. The 18th century organs are played during performances. The concerts are popular and tickets are limited, so advance booking is required.
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Tour & Concert Package
For selected concerts, we also offer a special Tour & Concert Package. Find the concert you wish to attend from our listings, and on the booking form select "Tour & Concert".
Listings and tickets:
Book Tour & Concert Package.