Livraria Lello’s building was built in 1906, by the engineer Xavier Esteves. He had a particular taste for literature, and that affinity with letters was marked by the construction of one of the most emblematic bookshops in the world.

It is well-known the colourful neogothic façade with the famous paintings of José Bielman that symbolize Art and Science.

Combining the eclectic style and the Art Noveau style, in the interior of Livraria Lello there are representations of José Lello and António Lello.
Throughout the room, there are the busts of some of the most important Portuguese writers, such as Eça de Queirós, Camilo Castelo Branco or Teófilo Braga.

Inside Livraria Lello, there is also the iconic crimson staircase.

“Thou who walked the room, shall then see a staircase which is a piece of surprising allure, for its apparent lightness which masks the audacity of its design. One feels the urge to climb it yet fears one’s weight may make it crumble.” (in Catálogo 1930 of Livraria Lello).

From the interior of the bookshop, it’s impossible to miss the majestic ceiling. This ceiling may deceive who appreciates it, for what it seems carved wood, is in fact painted plaster, a technique that was also used in the ornaments of the stairs.
In the first floor, the architectural details stand out: the Art Déco details on the walls and the columns that rise for the lower floor.

On the impressive stained glass, a glass structure 8 meters long and 3.5 meters wide, one can read the expression “Decus in Labore”, which recalls the golden rule of this house that applies to everyone who enters it.

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