The Klementinum library located in Prague first opened in 1722 and houses an impressive 20,000 books, but it isn't its size or age that make it so impressive, it's the stunning architecture and design which makes it one of the most beautiful libraries in the world.
The spectacular ceiling murals were painted by Jan Hiebl. The libraries origins can be traced back to the arrival of Jesuits, a male congregation of the Catholic Church, in 1556. It wasn't until 1578 however that construction of the Klementinum began until it was finally finished in 1726 and since 1990 it has been the National Library of the Czech Republic. Check it out in the photos below. For more information on the Klementinum visit klementinum.com.