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    I posted about the world's most beautiful libraries back in July, but there are just as many cool bookstores in the world. Books, being so full of art and history themselves, often find homes in bu...
    January 30, 2012

    Livraria Lello, Portugal - what an incredible bookstore!

    • Julie Doolittle

      Okay, so I searched for an image of a bookstore and when I saw this one, my mouth dropped open and, though I have never been, I think I will plan to go one day. :) It is the Lello bookstore in Porto, Portugal, and has been open since 1906. Now, the point is that one of my favorite places are bookstores, where I can spend hours looking at books. I hope to be able to do so here one day. :)

    • Megan Belcher

      Lello Library, Porto. Opened in 1906 and designed by Xavier Esteves, Livraria Lello bookstore is one of the best works of the so-called,"second eclecticism" style in Portugal.

    • Jeff Planthold

      Another angle of the really cool staircase in the Lello bookstore in Porto, Portugal. "I like the warmth of this one."

    • Suzanne Morris Vasquez

      The Lello bookstore in Porto, Portugal, is open since 1906 and is Dream library? surely one of the most beautiful bookstores of the world. Photography by delviking

    • Janet Irwin

      Livraria Lello Bookstore, Porto, Portugal. A little over 100 years old, this art nouveau gem remains one of the world's most stunning shops. Books are available in English as well as Portuguese, and there's a small cafe upstairs beneath the stained-glass skylight.

    • Singing Pines

      The Livraria Lello Bookstore in Porto, Portugal, one of the most beautiful bookshops in the world! _ Love the crickety floors, and waxed paneling, who needs techy gadgets when you have THIS! MIragebookmark

    • Anne Jelliff

      Lello Bookstore in Porto, Portugal. Admittedly, it's not exactly a library, but it's just as cool.

    • Renee Shelton

      The Lello bookstore in Porto, Portugal, open since 1906, with its gorgeous staircase

    • Gareth Hughes

      The Lello Bookstore was built in 1906 in Porto, Portugal by The Lello Brothers (Antonio and Jose) who formerly owned another bookstore a few streets away. Their new bookstore is one of the most ornate bookstores in the world, mixing Neo-Gothic and Art Dec elements (especially the facade, pictured below). Carved wood ceilings, a stain-glassed roof, an undulating, opulent red staircase, and even a built-in wheel-barrow on rails for moving the store’s 120,000 all make the Lello seem like the bookstore out of some fantasy-world (J.K. Rowling herself lived in Porto for a short while).

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