Břevnov Monastery

Břevnov Monastery

A Baroque Gem with a Park

The famous Prague monastery, founded in 993 by King Boleslaus II of Bohemia, is a popular destination, also thanks to the beautiful strolls through the large, freely accessible garden.
Today’s look of the Benedictine compound comes from 1708-1745, designed by Christoph Dientzenhofer and his son Kilian Ignaz, and it represents a Baroque masterpiece. Visitors can go on a tour, and also visit the 17th century brewery that has been brewing beer in the monastery to this day.

It is also an example of Czech High Baroque architecture. It is the first Prague church bestowed the honorary title of Basilica Minor by Pope Pius XII in 1948, given only to exceptional churches. The archaeological excavations under the chancel uncovered a pre-Romanesque crypt from around 1040. 

The convent building includes a winter refectory, a sacristy, a chapter house with a ceiling fresco of Christ washing apostles’ feet from 1745, a summer refectory with a ceiling fresco entitled Miraculous Reproduction of Loaves of 1739, and a billiard room. The monastery library with ceiling mural is on the first floor. The bookcases are Baroque and Rococo, richly carved.

In the large garden, you will find the Vojtěška abbey summer house with a chapel above a pond. Its Baroque look was designed by Kilian Ignaz Dientzenhofer. After 1990, the estate was returned to the Benedictine order and the whole object was declared a national cultural monument.


Markétská 28/1 169 01 Praha 6 - Břevnov