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The 25 Most Beautiful Public Libraries in the World

[Editor's note: In celebration of the holidays, we're counting down the top 12 Flavorwire features of 2012. This post, at #3, was originally published April 16.] We're suckers for beautiful librari...
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    Beautiful library (Royal Portuguese Reading Room) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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    25 Most Beautiful Public Libraries in the World! (Royal Portuguese Reading Room, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.)

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