“Livraria Lello & Irmão [...] is one of the jewels in Porto’s crown and a veritable sanctuary of publishing and bookselling, housing one of the oldest and most prestigious Portuguese publishers [...] Livraria Lello & Irmão is one of the most important examples of Portuguese eclectic architecture, boasting woodwork and stained glass that is unique in the country.”

Secretary of State for Culture, when Livraria Lello was made a Monument of Public Interest in 2013.

Since 1906, Livraria Lello has been the house for men of arts and letters, an inspiration for acclaimed authors, a place for social gatherings, performances and a quiet library for many of Invicta’s avid readers. Today it receives thousands of visitors from around the world, who everyday enter its doors to visit this magnificent Neo-Gothic gem, from the beginning of the twentieth century. Livraria Lello welcomes you to step into this house of culture and appreciates your respect, admiration and support for the preservation of its glory which we thrive to keep since its early days. Welcome to the most beautiful bookshop in the world.

Livraria Lello is a centennial cultural space that managed to carry itself throughout the eras. A pulpit of free thought, always in keeping with the same youthful and irreverent spirit that has always marked it. It is a living bookshop, ever active in the role of an agent of its time. Today, Livraria Lello is proud to carry on cultivating relationships around books, be it with customers or clients, friends or fans, Oporto citizens or citizens of the world.

On 13th January, 1906, prominente politicians, artists, the cream of Porto society, the business class, journalists and intellectuals were invited to the opening of Livraria Lello.

“In a country of so many illiterate people, building such a beautiful temple to the divine worship of Emotion and Idea is a great act of merit, which, through its longstanding and fruitful results, will forever afford the names of Lello & Irmão national recognition”.

The opening of this comercial and cultural centre, which aimed to be a model bookshop, as well as a veritable “Templo às Artes” (Temple of the Arts), had a major impact on the city’s cultural scene, garnering considerable column inches in the press. For over a century, Livraria Lello has been an important showcase for Portuguese literature, both at home and abroad, helping export the work of Por-tuguese authors in international markets. It established itself as a publisher bookshop, printing and selling quality books, featuring various talented artists and illustrators, with excellent graphic work and bookbinding. It has published great Portuguese authors, such as Eça de Queirós and Camilo Castelo Branco, for many years holding the exclusive rights to their work, with an impressive catalogue of authors.

“I salute my coreligionists and friends, Lello & Irmão, for this great service to democracy and the Portuguese nation.”

Dedication written in the Livro d’Ouro (visitors’ book) on 13th January, 1906, by Afonso Costa, who would become one of the key figures of Portugal’s First Republic.

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