Monastery Basilica

The spiritual center of the Abbey with the tomb of its founder, St. Norbert.

The Basilica of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary also serves as the parish church of the Strahov parish.

Worship Services in the Basilica

Monday - Saturday 7:15 18:00
Sunday 10:00 18:00

  • On holidays and in exceptional cases, the times for services may change. Therefore, please follow the regular announcements.

The Basilica of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary

The monastic church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary was originally built as a three-nave Romanesque basilica, which was gradually Gothicized and later reconstructed into its current Baroque form. It measures 56 meters in length and 22 meters in width. The basilica is divided into two parts: the choral area, located at the front of the church, and a second part used for the celebration of public services. These sections are separated by a decorated balustrade. A prominent feature of the monastic basilica is the Chapel of St. Norbert, located to the left when facing the main altar. Since 1627, it has housed the physical remains of St. Norbert, the founder of the Premonstratensian Order.

Daily choir prayers by the monks take place in the monastic basilica. The usual times are:

  • Morning praises and prayers with readings at 6:30 AM
  • Vespers from Monday to Saturday at 5:00 PM, and on Sunday at 7:30 PM.

You are warmly invited to participate in these prayers, which are conducted in Latin and sung in Gregorian chant. Since the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, vespers have been live-streamed on the monastery’s YouTube channel.

During the day, the basilica is accessible for free only in the narthex area.