The Klementinum library, a gorgeous illustration of Baroque architecture, was initially opened in 1722 in the Jesuit university, and stores over 20,000 books.
The paintings in the ceiling were created by artist Jan Hiebl. In 1781, director Karel Rafael Ungar created Biblioteca Nationalis, a selection of Czech language materials. A few of the unique ancient publications out of this selection have been made available to Google for scanning and will hopefully be accessible through Google Books.
In the same way the library is an exceptional and unheard-of work of art, so is it related to a number of unheard-of specifics: the Klementinum was once the 3rd greatest Jesuit school worldwide; recording of regional climate started there in 1775 and has kept on since then; it is featured in a book by well-known Spanish-language author Jorge Luis Borges.
More info: klementinum.com
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