It is called the Klementinum Library and it is located in Prague, Czech Republic. This beautiful library is a perfect example of Baroque architecture.
It was first opened in 1722, when it was a part of the Jesuit university. Nowadays, it contains over 20,000 books. It is also voted as one of the most beautiful and majestic libraries in the world.
The ceiling frescoes were painted by Jan Hiebl. In 1781, director Karel Rafael Ungar established Biblioteca Nationalis, a collection of Czech language literature. Some of the rare historical books from this collection have been sent to Google for scanning and will eventually be available on Google Books.
There are also some "secret" facts about this beautiful library:
- The Klementinum used to be the third largest Jesuit college in the world
- Recording of local weather began there in 1775 and has continued ever since
- It is featured in a novel by famous Spanish-language writer Jorge Luis Borges
Take a look at the following pictures that represent the beauty of Prague's library:
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