The cathedral-like Livraria Lello, at 144 Rua das Carmelitas in the Portuguese city of Porto, is so atmospheric tourists reverently lower their voices. Manager Antero Braga explains: ”The bookshop was opened in 1906 and designed to echo the monastic library tradition which preserved Portuguese culture during the Moorish invasion.”
Portugal’s Lello Bookstore, founded in 1906, is one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world. Designed and built by engineering professor Xavier Esteves, it is a stunning example of neo-gothic design and features stained glass, carved wood, and a spectacular art nouveau curved staircase. Pillars are decorated with bronze bas-reliefs of Portuguese literature figures.