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The 15 most beautiful and largest libraries in the world
The 15 most beautiful and largest libraries in the world
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From Venice to Rio De Janeiro: here are 15 of the most beautiful and largest libraries in the world, to be seen at least once in a lifetime

Libraries they are magical places, in which to stop time and find concentration and peace. Considered (by those who do not know them) only as a place for study and consultation, they actually represent works of art, places of historical and cultural interest to be visited and admired in awe like the best museums.

To prove it, we have chosen 15 libraries around the world, very different in style, era, history and details: some very ancient, others decidedly modern.

In common, one denominator: must be seen at least once in a lifetime.

Browse the gallery and take note - for a destination to be added in the next scheduled trips or to organize an ad hoc one.

What are the 15 most beautiful libraries in the world

Admont abbey library
Built inside the monastic complex of Admont, in Austria, it is considered a treasure of Baroque art, with its opulent style by the architect Josep Hueber, who elaborated the design in 1776. Inside there are about 70 thousand volumes, even if it is the ceiling that takes your breath away: thanks to the frescoes by Bartolomeo Altomonte.
biblioteca palazzo branciforte palermo
Built during the sixteenth century and damaged over the centuries by fires and bombings, the patrician residence came back to life in 2012 after four years of works, which represent the latest work by the architect Gae Aulenti. Inside the palace is the modern-style library, which contains about 50 thousand volumes, as well as coins, prints, stamps, encyclopedias, yearbooks and magazines.
biblioteca Reale del Monastero Escorial
Unesco heritage since 1984, it was built in 1563 by King Philip II inside the monastery of the same name to collect all human knowledge, but also as a place of study and inspiration, with drawings and prints, mathematical and scientific instruments, maps, globes and astrolabes. The ceiling of the main hall was frescoed by the Italian Pellegrino Tibaldi and stands out on manuscripts of all kinds, including sacred, medieval, nightmare and sixteenth century texts.
biblioteca taipei
It will also be the smallest wing, but it alone is worth the visit, if only for the large garden that surrounds it. The eco-sustainable and entirely wooden structure dates back to 2006 and was designed by the Bio-Architecture Formosana studio and is famous for being one of the most energy efficient.
Bibliothèque nationale de France
Built in 1461, this wing represents the flagship of Parisian culture. Overall, the library holds 14 million books, as well as manuscripts, photographs, floor plans, scores, coins, medals, audio documents, videos, costumes and multimedia supports. Here all the intellectual, artistic and scientific disciplines are represented. And every year the collection is enriched with about 150 thousand new documents.
Clementine library prague
Considered by many to be one of the most successful examples of Baroque architecture in the Czech Republic, it was founded in 1772 by the Jesuits for whom it was once among the largest colleges in the world. Upon entering you will not fail to notice the frescoes on the ceiling, by Jan Hiebl and the astronomical globes and globes made by the Jesuits themselves centuries ago. Inside there are about 20 thousand volumes of theological literature, recently digitized by Google.
George Peabody library baltimore
The United States also has its own historical library, which belongs to the John Hopkins University complex. Designed by the architect Edmund G. Ling, it amazes for its brightness and magnificence, thanks to the neo-Greek style and the atrium whose ceiling is dominated by the glass roof, which gives it greater breadth. Today it is also used as a wedding venue.
joanina coimbra portogallo
Among the most beautiful attractions in Portugal, the library of the University of Coìmbra was built in the 18th century, during the reign of Juan V and is made up of three large baroque-style halls, full of books, from floor to ceiling. Inside there are about 250 thousand volumes.
biblioteca marciana venezia
The San Marco library is one of the largest and most important in Italy. It contains a valuable collection of Greek, Latin and Oriental manuscripts. The construction dates back to 1537, when the Palazzo della Libreria designed by Jacopo Sensovino was built.
John Rylands Library, University of Manchester
Established in memory of a wealthy English textile industrialist, it has numerous works dating back to the early days of printing (3,000 are prior to 1501) and manuscripts from the collections of the Spencer and Crawford counts. The late Victorian and Neo-Gothic style will take you on a journey through time, between dark corridors and hidden corners.
mortlock-chamber-state-library-of-south-australia
With its glass ceiling and the warm light of the lamps, this library has always been considered one of the most fascinating in the world. Built in 1884, it has also been a museum and exhibition site. Today it is in effect one of the most sought-after tourist attractions.
royal portuguese biblioteca rio de janeiro
The Royal Reading Cabinet amazes with its neo-Gothic style, its chandeliers and the mammoth ceiling in crystal and wrought iron. Completed in 1887, it contains more Portuguese literary works than anywhere else outside Portugal, including volumes of inestimable value for their rarity.
trinity college library
It is the oldest university in Ireland and one of the most prestigious in Europe, founded in 1592. The large reading room was built between 1712 and 1713 and houses the oldest 200,000 volumes, including one of the latest copies of the proclamation of independence and the Book of Kells (which dates back to 400 years ago), as well as the harp of Brian Boru, one of the three Gaelic harps to date and a symbol of Ireland.
Wiblingen abbey library
Founded in 1093 and restored in 1714, this structure is located inside the Wiblingen Monastery and represents one of the most striking examples of Rococo architecture in Germany, with its explosion of colors, gold ornaments and wood carvings that seem to marble. Not to be missed is the frescoed ceiling of the central gallery.
biblioteca fondazione feltrinelli
Founded in 1093 and restored in 1714, this structure is located inside the Wiblingen Monastery and represents one of the most striking examples of Rococo architecture in Germany, with its explosion of colors, gold ornaments and wood carvings that seem to marble. Not to be missed is the frescoed ceiling of the central gallery.

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